Derwin Perera and President Rajapakse
Derwin Perera back at Sports Ministry
By Lal Gunesekera
Director of Sports at the Ministry of Sports and Public
Recreation, Derwin Perera, who was sent on compulsory
retirement in March after investigations carried out by
the Presidential Investigative Unit (PIU) and the Public
Administration Ministry, has returned to his "desk" at
the Ministry of Sports after appealing to President
(58) who is a well-known athletic coach, was found
guilty of seven of the 20 charges inquired into by the
Public Administration Ministry too conducted an inquiry
into the allegations against Perera, and came to the
Public Service Commission (PSC), then recommended that
the (Derwin Perera) be sent on compulsory retirement, as
the charges were of serious nature, including fraud and
corruption. The PSC has also not recommended Perera an
Sunday Leader learns that President Rajapakse has
authorised Derwin Perera to resume work at the Ministry
of Sports and Public Recreation, pending his appeal made
to the PSC.
Minister of Sports, Gamini Lokuge, and Ministry
Secretary, S.Liyanagama, were out of the country and
could not be contacted.
However, Director-General of the Sports Development
Department of the Ministry of Sports and Public
Recreation, B.D.Dhanayake, confirmed that the Ministry
has received a directive from President Rajapakse, and
that Derwin Perera has already resumed duties as Deputy
Director of Sports.
was the former coach of Olympic Games medallist,
Susanthika Jayasinghe, who was cleared of drug charges
on a technical point, while two of his other products (Jani
Chaturangani and Priyadharshini) were found guilty of
taking a banned substance, and were suspended.
SLC is going to benefit from some players
discussed many aspects of the game during the past few
weeks. I have now progressed into an exciting stage of
my coaching and talent spotting programme. As pointed
out before this is being conducted by the Aravinda De
Silva Cricket Foundation and sponsored by the Coca Cola
Int. Company. I believe that Sri Lanka Cricket is going
to benefit from some players coming through this scheme.
talk about another aspect of the game this week. Let us
focus on the composition of a team. We all want to be
part of the eleven that plays in a game. It is however
upto the Coach/Master in Charge/Selector to finalise the
playing eleven and the stand by ones. This is a
thankless but a very important task. Let me assume that
the pool of players available has many who can
bat/bowl/keep wickets/field well. Now the easy ones,
Opening batsmen (2): When selecting the two batsmen to
open an innings some selectors prefer a left/right
combination. Whilst this is ideal if just to vary the
line of the bowler it need not be the gospel. You could
find an equally good pair who could be both right handed
or even left handed (this is rare).
Theymust bebatsmen with a good eye and technique and
play the ball close to the body. They must cover up for
swing and variation of line to minimise snicks to slips
which can happen easily with the new ball. This pair is
expected to give the team a good start to build a score.
or one drop: This position goes usually to a good stroke
maker who can also face the new ball and like the ball
coming on to the bat, if both openers are right handed
some selectors prefer to slot a left hander in here to
force the bowlers to change the line.
Will be essentially a batsman in form who will have to
stay at the crease to build a long innings if wickets
have fallen cheap. This slot should be ideally held by
someone with good technique and temperament to play long
innings. Sound footwork against spin bowling is
Would be the fifth batsman and depending on the quality
of bowling in the rest could even be the all rounder in
the team. This all rounder should necessarily be a
batting all rounder, according to me.
Could be the Wicket Keeper if he is not already
positioned above. I prefer an expert in this position to
that of a half batter. If the wicket keeper can bat
above this slot the team could play the all rounder in
this position and opt for another specialist bat at No
Could be a spinner/fast bowler with the better batting
ability. Some selectors prefer to use a bowler who could
wield the long handle here.
No 8 -
11 would be the two opening bowlers (provided they are
not above) and the second spinner.
would have noticed that I have stuck to six batsmen and
five bowlers. To me this is the ideal combination
provided each of them can hold their places with
consistency. This is essential to any team. The batsmen
must make runs and set a good enough target for their
bowlers to get the opponents out. When each of them know
the depth of their batting the responsibility of being
disciplined is thrust upon them. No batsman can throw
his wicket away.
Amongst the middle order it is possible to slot in a
superb fielder above a better batsman than him depending
on the strength of the upper order batsmen.
forget that cricket is about runs and wickets and there
are nine ways to get a batsman out but only one way to
make runs. That is by scoring. Of course I don't
consider wides, no balls and byes, as those are
essentially gifts from the opponents. So, a good fielder
can save twenty runs on the field and have that
technically against him on the board and if he has the
ability to make another thirty with the bat, he has made
a half century! Yes.
Finally it is imperative that the eleven play as a team
as this is essentially a game where each player has to
contribute his worth. When one player fails as it is
inevitable another has to make up. Remember when you
present yourself at practices don't shirk but put your
heart and soul in to it. Be a thinking player at
practice. Enjoy the game.
Bogollagama admits job is beyond the scope
of interim committee, requests elections
Tennis ic out; no easy ride awaits new body
all the difficulties his indifferent leadership caused
Sri Lanka tennis, there aren't many flattering things
you can say about Janaka Bogollagama, SLTA head since
2007. But there's one quality about the man you can't
fault: he isn't shy of owning up to his mistakes.
no secret the reason why the country's tennis
administration was placed in the hands of a
government-appointed Interim Committee last year was
only because Bogollagama wanted it ,so that he may hold
office another year. The prospects of being re-elected
for a second term at the already-noticed 2008 AGM were
hardly rosy for the incumbent, especially with a popular
challenge from Suresh Subramaniam to contend with. And
so, with more than a little help from his political pal
and Sports Minister, Gamini Lokuge, the March 2008 AGM
was put on hold indefinitely and, unsurprisingly, an IC
put in place in August.
Perhaps, now wiser about the difficulties of doing
business under the IC banner, Bogollagama publicly
pleaded to Sport Ministry officials for the restoration
of elected representatives to run the affairs of tennis,
as had been the practice since the 1915,founding of the
SLTA. He bared his soul to an audience of past SLTA
presidents, Sport Ministry officials and the media that
had gathered at the Green Path headquarters the other
night to celebrate the achievement of Group Two status
by our Davis Cup team.
time elected officials ran the sport again, now that our
tennis has moved on to another level and much work has
to be done," said Bogollagama, glancing at the ministry
officials. To which his detractors might've retorted,
"You should've thought of this dire consequence when you
asked for an IC in the first place. In now pleading for
elected representatives, you're really asking others to
help clean up the mess of you're making."
AGM date fixed
harsher critics might even question the sincerity of his
plea for the return of an elected administration,
quoting the old proverb about a leopard doesn't change
its spots. But, as news this week of the confirmation of
the SLTA AGM on June 5 shows, the man is not without
virtues: He has been as good as his word, at least this
is not to soft-soap the two-plus years of mismanagement
under his watch. But you have to say it requires
extraordinary humility and courage for a man to stand up
in public and confess he did wrong, which is what
Bogollagama's plea that night virtually means. To
disregard that honesty and continue to rain blows on him
is, well, kicking a man on the ground.
plea, of course, was made in general, not personal,
terms. But many in the audience could not help but
perceive the man was tendering what was pretty much a
personal apology. After all, during his stewardship,
controversies, stemming from team selections, dwindling
sponsorship, a questionable CEO appointment and what
have you - erupted just about at every turn, and matters
concerning the administration of the game were relegated
to the back burner. His plea for an elected committee
is, thus, admission that the IC of his asking is a
failure - for which there's no better apology than
New CEO walked out
would be unfair to lay all of the blame at his doorstep,
though. A man whose home and business are based in
Kurunegala, Bogollagama was never going to have the sort
of time a tennis chief is required to give the game.
That the experienced CEO, Lionel Almeida, was replaced
by retired Army officer, Lt. Col. Chris de Silva, at the
beginning of his first term didn't make it any easier
for him. And when the new CEO walked out on the job
while holidaying in the US, it got horribly worse for
that situation, Bogollagama was compelled to rely on a
team of Colombo-based officials to help him run the
sport. The advisors of his choice became the power bloc,
and, like all creations of politics, this one too worked
on an agenda of vested interest rather than in the best
interest of the sport. Were it otherwise, tennis would
not have stumbled from one controversy to another, the
consequence of which was the unwelcome return of the old
factionalism that many in the last elected
administration had rid the sport of at the turn of this
factionalism became particularly noxious in the five
months following the ministerial order to postpone the
2008 AGM and the appointment of an IC had not been quite
a certainity yet. But a disgraceful secret plot hatched
by Bogollagama's advisors to force the Sport Minister's
hand into appointing an IC was brought to light, leading
to a falling out of the advisory team itself. But, given
that the Sport Minister was never going to disappoint
his ape miniyah, tennis was destined to the infamy of an
wouldn't be wrong to say that tennis didn't deserve an
IC, normally thrust by government on sport bodies
notorious for serious mismanagement, like fraud or other
contraventions of the laws of the land. Tennis' only
crime was that it wanted to democratically elect its
2008 office bearers, but because the set of candidates
(read: Bogollagama's nominations) favoured by the
minister was likely to end up second-best - an IC it had
would be fair to say that Bogollagama's 25 months in
office was misspent as far as tennis was concerned. The
Rs.12M bank balance inherited in March 2007 is now some
Rs.3M. in deficit. Ironically, IC Secretary, Maxwell de
Silva, chose the promotion celebration to make the
shocking revelation that "we couldn't find any sponsor
for the team; we didn't have funds in the bank to make
the trip. We had two choices before us: withdraw from
the tournament or obtain an Rs.600, 000-overdraft from
HSBC. The first option was no option at all, so, we went
for a temporary overdraft.''
Securing sponsors for our Davis Cup team has not been
difficult, especially since SLTA converted to
professionalism nearly a decade ago. The global economic
recession is obviously a reason for sponsors'
disinterest in involvement with the country's Davis Cup
team. But it is not the only reason. An erosion of
sponsors' interest in Sri Lanka tennis set-in back in
2007 as controversies within the SLTA became public.
Thanks to largely the persuasiveness of Almeida, 2004-07
CEO, the SLTA had built up an impressive portfolio of
loyal sponsors, among them: Aggreko, Dimo, Dialog, HSBC,
Brandix, NDB, Janashakhti, Carson's and SAGT. Green Path
was festooned with hoardings.
Almeida's successor's tact was different. He believed SL
tennis had enough appeal to attract sponsors, and the
sort of intense PR approach of his predecessor was
superfluous; the sponsors would come anyway. In fact,
the then-new CEO Lt. Col. de Silva outsourced the job of
securing sponsors to a private PR firm. The red-inked
Rs.3M tells its own story.
that is in the past, and irrelevant. The future, on the
other hand, marks an opening of an exciting chapter:
life as a Group Two Davis Cup country, after nine years
in Group Three.
competition is not going to be anything like what we've
encountered in Group Three. The eight-nation Group Two
(Asia/Oceania) competition include Kuwait, Hong Kong,
the Philippines and Pacific Oceania - nations we've
played with during our nine years in Group Three, but
could never beat. "That we haven't beaten some of the
Group Two countries (when they were in Grp.3) tells us
the sort of opposition we face next year. It is going to
be tough,'' Rajeev Rajapakse told this column of a
fortnight ago. So, unless we prepare accordingly, you
have to believe in miracles to think that our Group Two
status is going to last any longer than a year.
Iddamalgoda, the non-playing captain of the triumphant
2009 team, has called for year-long preparation, which
means the 2010 campaign, ought to have already begun.
Group Two is best-of-five, in terms of both sets and the
number of matches per tie, and that means a doubling of
efforts would be required to achieve the desired
proficiency, fitness-wise and competition-wise, in the
lead up to the event.
Incumbent Bogollagama is no doubt aware of the increased
demands of competing Group 2. The contribution of his
regime to this year's campaign wasn't adequate even to
make the trip to the playing venue. Perhaps, it's best
the man went out; his plea for release (which his
request for an elected committee is) makes the
leadership transition that much easier -as it will be
conducted in a climate far removed from the acrimony
that wracked the elections of 2008 which was never held
new boss who takes office on June 5 isn't going to have
an easy ride. It's clear that he will be judged by the
national team's performance in Group Two next year.
Failure to at least retain our place in Group Two will
be interpreted as a failure of his administration. But
how do you prepare for the increased challenges with no
money in the bank? To find the money is the job of any
head of modern sport; the man from Kurunegala couldn't.
start, the tennis fraternity better choose the right
leader, lest the multitude of demands compel the new
boss, too, to ask to be excused from the job. Figurehead
sport chiefs are just about out-dated as the rambling,
tumbledown wallauwas of a bygone era.
OZSC ready to take IC of SLRFU to court
By Lal Gunesekera
Zahirians Spots Club (OZSC) in a letter dated May 6 to
the Interim Committee (IC) for the Sri Lanka Rugby
Football Union (SLRFU) has protested in playing a
"play-off' game between OZSC and Navy last Thursday (may
7) at Longden Place to decide who is to be the eighth
team in the forthcoming Caltex 'A' Division League Rugby
Championship scheduled to commence no May 15.
has communicated this decision to OZSC only on May 5 and
also states that "if any team is not taking part in this
game will be considered as not qualified to play in the
Caltex League Tournament 2009"
OZSC has been playing in the 'A' Division since 2000
after gaining promotion from the 'B' Division. Navy
"pulled out" in 2006 citing national duties. The
sponsors met club presidents, Secretaries and Rugby
Chairman to discuss conditions of the sponsors and
tournament details on April 28 from 4 p.m to 8p.m at the
SLRFU board room where OZSC too were invited and were
present. The letter dated May 6, to the IC states that
the IC decision is " Arbitrary, unreasonable,
unacceptable, discriminatory and wrongful" and the IC
decision to conduct a "play-off"is unconstitutional and
not provided for in the tournament rules and also
unprecedented. OZSC refused to play in this "play-off"
game with navy on May 7 and has informed the IC of the
SLRFU that they (OZSC) will have no other alternative
than seek justice in a court of law.
Lasitha Gunaratne, who yet clings onto the post of CEO
of SLRFU (which is unconstitutional) is also the
Chairman of the Tournament and Match Organising
Committee, which also includes Shane Dullewa (Tournament
Director), Rohan Gunaratna, Wimal Senanayake, Hemantha
Yatawara, Chirantha de Zoysa (CR), Ruban Thananayagam (Havelocks),
Shiran Anthony (CH), SP Duke Hamid (Police), Major
Katuwegedera (Army), Commodore S.Rambukwela (Air Force),
Mahesh Weerasinghe (Kandy), Comodore N.K.D. Nanayakkara
(Navy) and representative of the Referees Association,
who has not been named.
Secretary of the IC, Kiran Atapattu, said that all sides
were of the opinion that there should be eight sides
this year and that OZSC had conceded 563 points last
year (2008) and scored only 27 points, losing even to
Galle who are in the 'B' Division.
Violence in schools rugby
By Richard McCarter
Recently I received the hilarious reports that players
from leading schools participating in the ongoing league
rugby tournament are sporting bite marks on their backs
and that it's extremely painful. Funnily I have also
heard complaints from members of the opposition during
the game in question. Unless one of the thirty players
on the field was colour blind we can only assume both
teams indulged in a bit of a chomp. My Editor informed
me in appalled tones urging me to condemn the 'violence
in schools rugby' which was manifested by these bite
picking myself up off the ground where I had fallen in
my mirth at her indignation, I explained that bites in
rugby are much like skirts at netball. They exist, and
it's really nothing to get excited about. In fact, no
self respecting forward should ever walk away from a
game without some form of superficial wound. To do so is
to admit that you were not a thorn in the opposition's
side. So while paying lip service to the rules which
don't allow biting, I would rather players stopped
complaining and got on with it.
Forgive me for sounding flippant about it, but cause for
concern should not come from anybody who hasn't been at
the bottom of a ruck, the middle of a maul or the front
row of a scrum. Mothers, get your manicured hands of
your little boys and let them play - perhaps we might
get some men in society if you let that happen. Some
people with the testicular fortitude to look life in the
face and take it on.
bite marks maybe perceived violence from some sections
of the community, there is a real sort of violence that
plagues schools rugby. It is the violence of ignorance.
week saw a daily newspaper report blaming the Trinity
loss to St. Joseph's square on the referee for that
game. Apparently, the Trinity team had been unsettled by
their full back being tackled in the air twice. Where
this information came to the writer, is unclear, but
because his title revealed he was a Kandy Sports
Correspondent, he must have an inside line as to what
unsettled the Trinitians.
quite honest, if seeing one of your players tackled is
enough to unsettle what was a whisker away from being a
champion side last year, it doesn't say much for their
mental make up. Regardless of that fact, the reporting
of events with such a negative skew is detrimental, and
leads to incite fervour.
Commenting on the decisions by a referee, and comparing
the law to state whether he was right or wrong is one
matter - everybody is entitled to an opinion. But going
as far as to state that these particular decisions
unsettled the team is a bit fanciful. And instigatory.
match reports - bar few - in the newspapers do not
manifest an in depth learning about the game of rugby.
As such, equally uninformed readers in their thousands
depend on the information of the match report, without
having a chance to have it analysed. As rugby followers,
we must, this season take what we read with a pinch of
impossible if not, to avoid incidents like the assault
on referee Pradeep Fernando two years ago, and the
entire Zahira - Lumbini bust up at this year's sevens.
This violence is far more damaging than a swift kick to
the backside administered at close quarters.
scores from the first couple of weekends of schools
rugby have been impressive. Evenly matched teams like
St. Thomas', Royal, Isipatana, Trinity, St. Joseph's
etc. have produced matches with over 40 points being
scored, with some even crossing the 70 point mark.
is superb for the entertainment value of schools rugby,
and a tribute to the standards, that schoolboys are able
to score so many points. It can only be hoped the
standards continue and the club season follows suit.
Ferguson pessimistic about Fletcher
Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not
hopeful of overturning the red card that rules Darren
Fletcher out of the Champions League final.
Fletcher was harshly dismissed in the win over Arsenal
and UEFA is to make a decision on Monday after United
wrote to them on the matter.
not optimistic at all," said Ferguson. "We have to do it
for Darren and sometimes, you never know.
don't think it will be overturned. The referee made an
Fletcher was sent off towards the end of the semi-final
second-leg victory over Arsenal for a challenge on Cesc
Fabregas that resulted in a penalty.
However, replays made it clear that the United player
had in fact made contact with the ball.
Ferguson said the decision was "a tragedy", while
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the call was
"very harsh", but initially UEFA said there was no right
of appeal unless the referee made an error in
identifying the player.
However, UEFA general secretary David Taylor gave the
Old Trafford outfit hope of contesting the decision and
Fletcher being available to play Barcelona on May27, in
likelihood is we'd refer it to our disciplinary body,"
Taylor told BBC World Service. "They'd see if there were
circumstances to justify a departure from procedure.
must stress there is normally no way these matters can
be overturned. Fletcher, 25, was an unused substitute
in last season's Champions League final win on penalties
over Chelsea and has played an important part in helping
his side reach the final.
Dilroy Fernando responds
write pursuant to the letter dated l st April 2009 sent
under the hand of my lawyer pertaining to the captioned
matter and the specific request made by your
organisation in this regard. As requested by your
esteemed newspaper I set out below the contents of the
captioned articles, which has caused me great
embarrassment and loss of reputation in society.
presently the Director of Sports at the Ceylonese Rugby
Football Club (CR & FC) and reference is made with
regard to the captioned matters, which appeared at pages
16 and 20 respectively of the said newspaper under the
Fernando's adventures (15th of February 2009)
skeletons in Dilroy's cupboard (22nd of February 2009)
had warned SLRFU about random spending in November (01st
of March 2009) and
440 lakhs spent by SLRFU in 365 days (8th of March 2009)
trust that you are the reporter of the articles under
reference and hence the primary person responsible for
the authenticity of the contents therein.
very outset I wish to state that the said articles are a
composite of fabrications and purported contentions. The
allegations cast are of a very serious nature and
impugns my integrity and credibility personally and
especially in my capacity as a rugby administrator and
internationally recognized rugby match official and
references made therein by you in the said articles
concerning me are on a plain reading a concerted effort
based on assumptions uncorroborated and conceived for
the convenience of concocting a news items to my
Furthermore whilst respecting the freedom and privilege
you enjoy as a journalist, I wish to state that the
publication of defamatory articles of this nature with
malicious intent is aimed at discrediting me personally.
to state that the specific references as is set out
herein below, which references had been made by you in
the said articles is per say defamatory and had been
done so with the intention to injure my character and
reputation. I further state that the said references
have been made maliciously with the sole intention of
bringing me into disrepute, ridicule and shame in
society, thereby degrading my goodwill and social
specific references, which are defamatory, are as
Fernando's adventures (15th of February 2009) - " Dilroy
Fernando seems to have hoodwinked the
Minister of Sports andPublic Recreation.....
skeletons in Dilroy's cupboard (22nd of February 2009) -
" This goes to prove what type of a "Honest" official
this IRB International Referee, IRB Development Officer
for Referees in Asia, who is presently CR & FC's
Director of Sports is. He used to draw Rs. 1.9 million a
year from the SLRFU which was run on Bank overdrafts.
The Salary was Rs. 90,000/= per month, plus Rs. 35,000/=
as an "Allowance"; Rs. 20,000 for fuel and another Rs.
5,000/= for the mobile phone. What extravagance by a
cash strapped SLRFU!!"
Fernando has also contravened the Emigration and
Immigration laws of this country
This confirms the questionable character of Fernando"
had warned SLRFU about random spending in November (01st
of March 2009) - "Is it not a conflict of interest for
Dilroy Fernando to hold the post of President of the
Rugby Referees Association and also be the Director of
Sports at CR & FC, which is an `A' Division club? He
could still influence other referees under him to side
with CR & FC. Is it not better to step down from
referees post Mr. Fernando?"
440 lakhs spent by SLRFU in 365 days (08th of March
2009) - At this meeting, the Secretary cum Treasurer of
the IC for SLRFU, Kiran Atapattu, had said the important
audit query document sent by fax by the Auditor
General's Department on February 17, was hidden by the
office staff at the SLRFU Headquarters... it's a
well known fact that the SLRFU employees are faithful
supporters of former Executive Director, Dilroy
premise by your said series of articles comprising mere
assumptions and unfounded contentions and you having
written such articles paying scant respect and
consideration to the repercussions thereof, you have
defamed me in person regardless, further manifests your
by Sports Editor: All the facts contained in the said
articles were provided by the Secretary cum Treasurer of
the Interim Eommittee of the SLRFU, Kiran Atapattu, from
minutes of meetings of the previous Council. We
apologise for any pain of mind caused to Mr. Dilroy
Janik - a third generation Thomian
By Lal Gunesekera
vice captain of the Thomian Rugby team, Janik Jayasuriya,
a second - row forward and second year coloursman, is a
third generation Thomian.
father, Vasantha, too is an old boy of S. Thomas', Mount
Lavinia, though he did not take part in any extra
Janik's paternal grand father, the late Gilmour
Jayasuriya played cricket for both S. Thomas' and St.
Joseph's and a trophy has been presented in his memory
for the cricket match between the two schools. Janik's
elder brother Iarik too played rugby for the Mount
Lavinia school as a flanker last year (2008).
Janik's mother, Chamila, is the eldest daughter of
another distinguished old Thomian, the late Gamini
Fonseka, veteran actor turned politician, who was not
only the Speaker of Sri Lanka's Parliament, but also
Governor of the North - Eastern Provincial Council.
was a wrestler, whilst his son, Damith, too is an old
boy of S. Thomas', who also made a name for himself as
Eighteen - year - old Janik has been playing rugby since
2005 (under - 15 and Under - 17) before graduating to
the senior team as a prop forward. He first played for
the First XV side in 2006 under Yoshitha Rajapakse and
Rohitha Rajapakse in 2008, in which year, Janik was a
member of the junior national pool. This year (2009),
Janik, plays under Kapuwatta.
Majority of amendments accepted in principal
By Lal Gunesekera
Majority of amendments to the constitution for the Sri
Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) was accepted in
principal at a meeting held last Tuesday (May 5) by the
Interim Committee of the SLRFU at its headquarters at
the Old Race Course with the stake holders of the
Sunday Leader learns that among the major issues that
were accepted were for the 'A' Division clubs to have
additional votes at an annual general meeting and a
represent tative each in the Council.
Provincial unions too are to be represented in the
discussed at this particular meeting was the eligibility
of a candidate for the post of an office-bearer at a
Sunday Leader learns that the eligibility criteria was
also brough up and wanted the constitution followed to
the hilt. The post of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
was also discussed which was not in the constitution.
The Sports Law also has to be taken seriously as it
supercedes the SLRFU Constitution.
final draft of the amendments to the constitution will
have to be gone through with a fine comb before it is
approved and a special general meeting is to be
reconvened on may 13, The Sunday Leader was told.
also revealed at this meeting that the SLRFU needs Rs
26 lakhs to pay the Referees Association as referees
fees for the current School Under - 20 League
Tournament. The payments include Rs 10,000 per match for
division 1 (A,B,C), Rs 7500 per match for Division 2 (A,B,C,D,)
and Rs 6000 per match for Division III.