Sri Lanka Rugby discussed with Asia Rugby Chief

Sri Lanka Rugby discussed with Asia Rugby Chief

Sri Lanka Rugby discussed with Asia Rugby Chief

Written by Teena Marian

07 Oct, 2022 | 4:01 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – On Thursday 6th October, Asia Rugby President, Qais Al Dhalai received Roshan Ranasinghe, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Sri Lanka at the Asia Rugby offices in Dubai to discuss matters relating to the suspended Sri Lanka Rugby.

The discussions were mainly focused on finding solutions for the problems regarding the governance of the game in Sri Lanka and the discussion led to a request from the Honorable Minister for Asia Rugby to allow Sri Lanka Rugby National Teams to take part in Asia Rugby tournaments.

Qais Al DhalaiQais Al Dhalai, the Asia Rugby President said “On 22 May 2022, the Sri Lanka Olympic Committee President Suresh Subramaniam met me in Dubai to discuss the matters concerning the suspension of Sri Lanka Rugby by the continental federation where I pledged my support for the Sri Lanka Rugby athletes to return to the field sooner than later. I visited Sri Lanka teams in Coventry a few days prior to the commencement of the Commonwealth Games and I was delighted to see both the men's and women's teams performing well in the global area.”

He added “Today, I am delighted to receive Honorable Roshan Ranasinghe the new Sri Lankan Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs at the headquarters of Asia Rugby in the UAE – Dubai and thanking him for his commitment, dedication and passion towards sport and rugby in specific. We exchanged various Rugby matters of mutual interests, and the Minister assured me his willingness to support the athletes to enjoy their favorite sport of rugby”

Al Dhalai said “The Minister has requested in writing and verbally an exception to be granted for the Sri Lanka Rugby National Teams to take part at the continental competitions which is to me as the President of Asia Rugby does make sense, especially when this request comes from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and in full alignment with the desire of the Sri Lanka Olympic Committee of the same.

The request will be put forward to the Executive Committee at its upcoming meeting and positive feedback will be announced soon and if so, Sri Lanka will take the field again at the second and third legs of the upcoming prestigious Asia Rugby Sevens Series that takes place in Thailand, South Korea and the UAE”

Asia Rugby President further added: “To make it crystal clear, in order for the Asia Rugby Executive Committee to consider the removal of the suspension of Sri Lanka Rugby’s membership, we would require Sri Lanka Rugby to provide substantive and conclusive evidence that Sri Lanka Rugby is now fully responsible for the organisation of rugby-related matters under its jurisdiction; and it is in a position to perform its constitutional and regulatory duties in an appropriate manner.

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