Written by Staff Writer
15 Dec, 2013 | 10:22 pm
It was on September 6 that K. Mathivanan announced his resignation from the post of Cricket Vice Chairman due to undue influences from ‘above’. Sri Lanka Cricket announced on December 6 that the post left vacant by the resignation of K. Mathivanan who had obtained the highest votes at the last election, was filled by Asanga Seneviratne who had been defeated at the same election.
However, speaking in Parliament on Saturday, Arjuna Ranatunga stated that it has been revealed that the said appointment had been made upon a request to that effect being made by the Minister of Sports.
Arjuna Ranatunga : “Mr. Minister, there is a CD of the last executive meeting. I wish to submit this CD to the house. I will give you also a copy. It is upon your request that Asanga Seneviratne was appointed.”
Mahindananda Aluthgamage : “Honourable parliamentarian, Asanga Seneviratne is the person who contested for the post of vice vhairman and obtained the highest number of votes at the final elections. The Executive Committee appointed him. I cannot do anything because it is decision that was taken by the committee.”
A letter addressed to the Minister of Sports by Committee Member of Sri Lanka Cricket, Shammi Silva reads that the vote for the post of Vice Chairman was halted after the Chairman of SLC intervened.
The following is an extract of the letter:
‘At the Executive Committee meeting held on the 6th of December 2013, the chairman, before the executive committee members stated that Asanga Seneviratne needs to be appointed to the post of vice vhairman as per the request by the Minister of Sports. As the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union , Asanga Seneviratne had said that he will work to transform Rugby into the leading sport of Sri Lanka in the next decade. Thereby, there will be clear difference in his priorities if he is also made the vice vhairman of Sri Lanka Cricket.’
End of Extract
Newsfirst’s attempts to contact Asanga Seneviratne or Chairman of SLC, Jayantha Dharmadasa on the matter of Vice Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, proved futile.
In reference to the matter, Former Deputy Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Nihal Lewke stated,
“We are aware that the new vice vhairman is the head of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union. It is difficult for us to understand how such a person will give priority to cricket. We have to question the morality of how a person who contested an election and lost once again be appointed. No matter under what the circumstances are no one would appreciate to accept positions based on influences made.”
However, The Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage constantly reiterates that if there is any sort of political influence on the administration of sports during his tenure, he would resign from his ministerial position.
“If you can prove it if someone was appointed or removed by political influence. I will hand in my letter of resignation.”
However, allegations are being made that there was political influence over the post of Vice Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, six months after the minister made this statement.
Does this prove the statement made by the International Olympic Committee that there is political influence over Sports in Sri Lanka?
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