By Lal Gunesekera
Medical Officer attached to the Institute of Sports
Medicine (ISM) of the Ministry of Sports and Public
Recreation, Dr. (Mrs.) Shiromi Pilapitiya who is at the
center of a controversy regarding the doping scandal
involving Sri Lanka's outstanding swimmer, Heshan
Unamboowe, has been ordered by the Director General of
the ISM, Dr. Geethanjan Mendis, to hand over all
documents relating to anti-doping to him immediately.
letter addressed to Dr. (Mrs.) Pilapitiya by Dr. Mendis
on June 29, it states that the banned drug Bambuterol
had been given to Unamboowe by Dr. (Mrs.) Anoma
Siribaddana on June 15 and verbally accepted by Dr.
(Mrs.) Pilapitiya and an inquiry is underway,.
Sunday Leader exclusively reported about this matter
regarding Unamboowe consuming a banned drug prescribed
by Dr. (Mrs.) Siribaddana and authorised by Dr. (Mrs.)
Pilapitiya, on June 28.
Secretary of the Interim Committee (IC) for the Sri
Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU), Kiran Atapattu, who
had conducted an impartial inquiry and investigation
into this episode, had informed Dr. Mendis that SLASU
completely holds Dr. (Mrs.) Pilapitiya responsible for
this professional negligence on her part and as per the
proven facts and documentation available with SLASU, and
asks Dr. Mendis how competitors of sports can have any
confidence in Dr. (Mrs) Pilapitiya in conducting future
doping tests or be involved in doping matters in the
Unamboowe is the overall captain of the Sri Lanka
contingent at the Asian Youth Games now in progress in
Siribaddana, the Consultant Chest Physician attached to
the Kandy Hospital, prescribed four types of medicines
to 17-year-old Unamboowe on June 15. They were
Clarithromycin tablets, Bambuterol Hydrochloride,
Altiva-Fexofenadine Hydrochloride and Seretide Evohaler.
Kiran Atapattu inquiry had revealed that Unamboowe had
informed Dr. Pilapitiya by e-mail at 6.50 p.m. on June
15 from his E-Mail address (Heshan Unamboowe@yahoo.com)
to Dr. Pilapitiya's e-mail address (shriomirkd @yahoo.com).
mother of young Unamboowe had also telephoned Dr.
Pilapitiya immediately thereafter and requested advice
regarding consuming the medicine with Dr Pilapitiya
asking Heshan Unamboowe to go ahead with these medicines
till she found out more information about the prescribed
Atapattu in his letter to Dr. Mendis on June 29 states
that Dr. Pilapitiya is no stranger when it comes to
doping tests on athletic and weight lifting competitions
and gone abroad on numerous occasions on doping issues.
He (Atapattu) further states that in Sri Lanka, Dr.
Pilapitiya acts as if she is the sole authority and
specialist in doping matters and does not seem to know
what a banned substance is.
has been given a laptop computer with government funds
and could have certified these matters by simply
pressing just one button on her laptop at 7 p.m. on June
15, without waiting for the next day. She had even
failed to clarify matters from Dr. Mendis or any other
subordinates from the ISM immediately," states the
inquiry report from Atapattu.
Unamboowe had shown Dr. Siribaddana's prescription to
Dr. Lala Ekanayake, team doctor for the Asian Youth
Games, at the Gymkhana Club car park on June 20, and was
told to immediately discontinue the use of the
prescribed medicine, which was a banned substance.
Unamboowe was prescribed some other medicine by Dr.
Siribaddana on June 20 itself.
fax machine of the NOC was utilized to fax the TUE form,
prescriptions, medical history of Heshan Unamboowe to
the attention of Dr. Pilapitiya on June 24. Why the NOC
fax machine? What is the connection between Dr.
Pilapitiya and the NOC?
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, a sobbing Mrs. Unamboowe
(Heshan's mother), said that Dr. Anoma Siribaddana, has
been treating her son since 2001 and that Heshan did not
take the banned drug willingly, which was prescribed by
Dr. Siribaddana and authorized by Dr. Pilapitiya.
entire episode has now been reported to the Sri Lanka
Medical Council (SLMC) headed by Dr. (Mrs.) Lalitha
Mendis on July 1, for necessary action, on medical
negligence by Dr. Pilapitiya.
Sara Stadium boasts of a rich history
week we discussed the˜T 20 world cup and its final and
the performance of our team. Immediately following is
the test series against a rejuvenated Pakistan team on
home soil. It is heartening to note that the Tamil Union
Cricket Ground (the Oval) has been given a Test match.
This ground is one of our best and boasts of a rich
particularly happy to see Chamara Kapugedera back in the
squad. This series will do a world of good for the game
as the last series in Pakistan is one well forgotten for
the wrong reasons. Make no mistake the Paks will be
raring to go and will want another feather in their cap
to follow the T 20 victory.
visitors fast attack is superior to ours on paper. With
the inclusion of Mohammed Yousuf the batting seem
balanced too. The younger players within the Paks will
want to show off their talent and cement permanency. Oh
and Vaassy being left out is a shame though not
surprising. It would yet be the swing that would bother
the Pakistan front line as they would have ample hits at
the nets against their own fast attack.Mmm.....Vaassy
would have been yet good for this tour.
Remember I said that the seniors in our team have to
lead the way. Well I do stand by that and the Test
series too would require them to steady the ship against
a superior fast attack. We have the required armoury to
counter. This seriesÿwould be another gruelling work out
for our spin twins Murali and Mendis. The warm up games
showed that their would be plenty on the boards and the
spinners would bowl at leastÿ30 overs a piece. Good luck
happier note this column wishes skipper Sanga and wife
on their double...twins! A perfect left hand/right hand
combination to boot. I mean a girl and boy.
Sadly, politics kills off the sevens
cancellation of the eleventh Singer/Srilankan Airlines
Inter national Rugby Sevens, an imminent eventuality
under the present interim committee administration, came
to pass last week. The event's organisers, Kandy SC,
made the heart-breaking announcement that it was
ditching the tournament this year, ending a ten-year
sequence. In these recessionary times when the corporate
world isn't exactly in clover you'd think cancellation
of the popular event was a decision made in the
boardrooms of the sponsoring companies.
so. Neither Singer nor the national carrier, I
understand, had even hinted withdrawal from the event.
After considerable investment since the event's
inauguration in 1999, the title sponsors had little
reason to regret their involvement. After all, when a
tournament comes to be popularly identified by its
sponsors' names then. well, it's pretty much a case of
mission accomplished for the sponsors. The IRB and ARFU
calendar, no less, refers the event to as the Singer-
Sri Lankan Airlines Sevens.
reason for ten years of continuous of support was to
establish our identity with the tournament. That the
IRB's calendar of events enlists the event as the
Singer-Srilankan Airlines Sevens is proof we've achieved
that identity. So, you have to say that our association
with the event was never in danger of rupture,'' said a
spokesman for the national carrier. Singer's sponsorship
of the event was always gilt-edged; given that the
company has been a long-time backer of
Kandy SC, the
irony, so, is inescapable. On the one hand, here is
rugby pleading for sponsors support, and on the other,
doing things to disillusion two of its faithful and
generous backers and, possibly, drive them out from the
game. The disappointment of Singer and Srilankan
Airlines can't be overstated; they wanted continuity of
what is really a unique event: the only annual
international rugby tournament of the country, and thus
are entitled to feel snubbed by the cancellation. And
with the continuity of a 10-year event now interrupted,
any reservation about future involvement on the part of
the title-sponsors is justifiable. We might've seen the
last of the tournament.
the cancellation of the 2009 event is, it isn't exactly
surprising. After all, without approval of the IRB/ARFU
there was no way the tournament could've been staged
anyway. Normally, securing official approval for hosting
international tournaments by IRB member-countries is a
straightforward thing, as it had been all through the
ten-year life of the Singer/Srilankan Airlines Sevens.
The problem with 2009 is that the game is administered
by an interim committee, a government- appointed body
which the world body does not recognize.
laws of the IRB clearly specify that all of its
member-countries, without exception, must be
democratically elected. By appointing an interim
committee early this year,
acted in contradiction of the world body's rules for
membership. Indicative of just how seriously the IRB
breach of that rule was its decision to fly out two
officials on a fact-finding mission to Colombo last
February. The IRB duo met the Sport Minister, IC members
as well as the president of the last elected committee
and, to put it bluntly, said: "We only deal with elected
committees, not ones appointed on the whims and fancies
Rs. 14m. dole out deferred
that they meant what they said, the visiting officials
recommended to headquarters in Dublin that the IRB's
annual Rs.14m. development dole-out to Sri Lanka be
deferred for review till May, by which month, the
Minister promised, an elected committee would be put in
place. As you know, it was a promise that wasn't kept -
and the consequences haven't been pleasant to say the
least. With annual IRB disbursement not forthcoming,
some 25 development officials' stationed countrywide has
as good as been thrown out of job. And rural development
lies idle and abandoned.
are the less visible damage dealt by Minister Lokuge's
false promise to the IRB. Arguably, the greatest hurt
caused by the minister's bluff is the loss of the
Singer/Srilankan Sevens, the only international fare on
offer to the country's many rugby followers. Secretary,
Kiran Atapattu reconfirmed Wednesday, what he had
already told The Sunday Leader last month - that is, the
IC did not - and will not - seek IRB approval for the
event on a matter of principle. He argued that when the
IRB doesn't give financial assistance to the development
of the country's rugby, it is not right to ask for
assistance for hosting a mere tournament. (The IRB
disbursed Rs.7m. each year, 2004-2007, when the event
was a part of the Satellite series). That in the eyes of
the IRB, the IC is an illegitimate body, however, is a
point the IC secretary ignores. As far as the IRB stand
is concerned, it won't give its blessings to a country
which, by its own admission, considers a pariah - so,
there was no point in the IC seeking approval, a fact
Atapattu prefers to not bring into the debate.
Approval not sought
Against that background, the ARFU stand on the
cancellation is, to say the least, baffling. In an email
to all Asian unions, Ross Mitchell, Secy-Gen of the ARFU,
says it did not deny approval of the Sri Lankan
tournament, a rather superfluous statement, given IC
Secretary Atapattu's admission that approval was never
sought in the first place. It is contradictory and
confusing, suggestive of a concealment of the true
story. It seems to me the ARFU is unwilling, for reasons
only privy to it, to declare that it doesn't recognize
our IC and so its endorsement of the Singer-Srilankan
Sevens isn't possible. The IC has been told in clear
terms that it is not recognized by the IRB, which means
official dialogue between the two is not possible.
precise official reason for the cancellation might be a
matter for conjecture, but what can be said with
certainty is that the popular event has become another
victim of internal politics. The fact is: if the
administration of the game hadn't fallen into the hands
of an IC, the Singer Srilankan Sevens would've continued
just as it had done for ten long years. But the IC, it
has to be said, wasn't foisted on the game for no
reason. In fact, it was self-inflicted by the elected
regime of DIG Lewke. It will be remembered that, with
the resignation of President and Secretary of the SLRFU,
DIG Lewke and SSP Hamid respectively, days of each
other, the union was left without an official with the
authority to summon the 2009 AGM. So a two-member IC was
appointed in February, ostensibly, to clear the decks
for the 2009 AGM, but the duo had other ideas. They
enlarged their brief, including a re-writing of the
constitution - and the 2009 AGM has been consigned to
Reportedly, the SLRFU's member clubs haven't objected to
the amendments to the constitution by the IC. The
amended constitution has now been forwarded to the
Attorney General's Department for legal scrutiny - a
fine-combing which, by any stretch of imagination, is
not something you can finish overnight. The league
season is not far from ending, the knockout is of brief
duration and the curtain will have come down on the 2009
season next month - all of which will make the holding
of the 2009 AGM a meaningless exercise.
Politics has never corroded rugby this much since the
game was played here over a hundred years ago. SLRFU
AGMs were held even when the world was at war; in 2009
it wasn't, all because the only two SLRFU officials with
powers to summon an AGM both resigned weeks before the
meeting. Then the 10-year Singer-Srilankan Airlines
International Sevens that had survived the N-E
separatist war as well as 9/11 in 2001 is shot down in
2009 because an IC, an illegal body in the eyes of the
IRB, unashamedly came into being for the first time in
the game's long history.
Recordings of 2009 surely are material suitable for
cartoonists than historians.
Murali renews his partnership with Ceylinco Life
Cricketing icon Muttiah Muralitharan will take the field
for Ceylinco Life for another year as Brand Ambassador
for the life insurance leader, the company announced
renewal of his contract will see test and one-day
cricket's most prolific wicket taker actively supporting
Ceylinco Life's efforts to increase awareness of the
value of life insurance through its emotive 'Life, Love,
Protection' campaign, for a third successive year.
spin-wizard will also spearhead a new community
initiative of Ceylinco Life by leading a team of bowlers
on spin coaching camps for school cricketers in Sri
Lanka's north and east, the company said.
image as a devoted family man, and his irrepressible
enthusiasm and commitment have been assets in our
marketing efforts, and we are now providing a platform
for him to pass on some of his knowledge and skill to a
new generation of cricketers," Ceylinco Life Deputy
Chairman R. Renganathan said.
said plans are being drawn up to conduct the first spin
coaching camp in Trincomalee in August. Muralitharan
would be supported by two or three other spin bowlers at
this one-day camp.
Muralitharan will also continue to be one of the
elements of the company's multi-faceted communications
campaigns aimed at generating greater consciousness
among Sri Lankans that life insurance is an essential
safety net against an uncertain future.
2008, Muralitharan supported two distinct projects of
Ceylinco Life as the company's Brand Ambassador. The
first of these was a nation-wide recruitment campaign
that sought to improve general perceptions about
insurance as a career and to attract high-calibre
individuals to join the company's sales team. The second
was the Ceylinco Life 'Family Savari' mega promotion
that provided a day's outing at Leisure World to 2,400
people, and a luxury ocean cruise to five families.
appeal transcends age, geographical, racial, social and
gender boundaries," Mr. Renganathan added. "His
never-say-die commitment to his sport, his
well-demonstrated team spirit and strong devotion to
family values have endeared him to Sri Lankans at all
levels, making him a good ambassador for life
in April 1972 in
Muttiah Muralitharan made his test debut in 1992 and
played his first one day international in 1993. He had
captured 770 wickets in 127 test matches and has taken
505 wickets in 328 One Day Internationals.
Rizvi Farouk wins Kukuleganga Rally
Rizvi Farouk, driving a Subaru
Impreza WRX and co-driven by Jamal Hussein, won the MRA
Kukuleganga Rally 2009 on the tarmac roads surrounding
the Kukuleganga Holiday Resort last weekend. Farouk beat
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII driver and former
winner Dinesh Jayawardene by 1 minute and 12 seconds to
also take home the SL ‘GT’ class winner’s trophy.
Jayawardene, co-driven by debutant Dilan Seneviratne,
set a record time on the final stage to take the
position by just 14 seconds from Evolution X driver and
former MRA Rally Champion Dinesh Deheragoda. However,
with a 3rd
place result Deheragoda further consolidated his lead in
the 2009 MRA Rally Championship after his win in
Pelwatte in January.
For Farouk, a veteran TSD rally
driver, this was a first special-stage rally victory
after suffering from bad luck and mechanical issues in
previous MRA rallies. However, he had far from a
straightforward event as he had to claw back an early
lead taken by Deheragoda and co-driver Mushtaq Ahamed
and then weathered a furious charge by fellow Subaru
driver Janaka Dias who set stunning stage times and
extraordinary speed to close within an unbelievable 0.5
seconds overall going into the final night stage on
Saturday evening. Unfortunately for Dias, he went off
the road 50 metres from the finish of Special Stage 5
and despite eventually finishing the stage, threw away
all hope of challenging for victory.
Be impartial Pinnawela
The Secretary of the Amateur Athletic
Association of Sri Lanka (AAASL), Prema Pinnawela was
seen and heard cheering one particular athlete during
the women’s 400 metres final at the "trials" last
weekend (June 27 and 28) at the Sugathadasa Stadium from
the computer room.
As Secretary of a governing body and
also involved with the Selection Committee, Pinnawela,
should be impartial.
Not a bed of roses to reach the top - ARL
By Lal Gunesekera
Students who receive awards should bear in mind that its
not all a bed of roses to reach the top. You require
high levels of discipline, dedication, determination,
commitment, stamina and physical endurance to withstand
the tough schedule of international play. Talent and
ability alone won't get you to the top. You need a
strong mental approach and a hunger to succeed and the
honour to represent the country should be a motivator.
said Dr. A.R.L. Wijesekera, Chairman of the Sri Lanka
Standards Institute (SLSI), who was the chief guest at
the Colours Awards Ceremony of Gateway College held at
the BMICH. He was a former national Badminton champion;
who had represented Sri Lanka in the Thomas Cup, a top
class coach, President of the Sri Lanka Badminton
Association (SLBA) and a national selector. He was the
Government Analyst too at one stage.
Wijesekera spoke about the use and abuse of drugs by
sportsmen and sportswomen at all levels in this modern
day and age with sports stars driving themselves to the
limits of human endurance by fair means or foul. He
said: The Olympic theme of citius, altius et fortius
(Faster, higher and stronger) is being stretched to the
utmost. Its necessary to ensure that athletes who beat
the clock by tremendous effort involving hours of
unmitigated practice, unaided by any performance
enhancing drugs, are justly regarded and untainted,
since miscarriages of justice are all too often evident.
Wijesekera spoke about the case of Sri Lanka's Olympic
medallist Susanthika Jayasinghe, in whose defence, he
was proud to provide the scientific hypothesis which led
to her complete exoneration, which the IOC jury
also spoke about the "gulf" between the standards of
play at school level and national level, which is
applicable to most sports in the country. He again spoke
out against the "evils" of private tuition classes,
which interferes with sports practices, but has now been
institutionalised as a necessary evil due to the highly
competitive University admission process.
Wijeskeera spoke about the ability to enjoy success and
take defeat graciously, stand up and defend ones rights
and recognise ones opponents rights too, work within the
rules and abide by them, enjoy winning and success with
humility and most importantly be a law abiding,
responsible citizen of this country.
Bulgaria keen to host Grand Prix
Bulgarian motorsport officials will meet Formula 1
supremo Bernie Ecclestone next week as they aim to try
to secure a grand prix from 2011.
Bulgarian Motorcycling Federation's (BMF) grand prix
organising committee chief Rumen Petkov has been invited
by Ecclestone to the German Grand Prix.
BMF have two projects for a circuit and want
Ecclestone's opinion, with the town of Pleven being a
likely venue. Bulgaria has already signed a deal to host
MotoGP motorbike racing from 2012.
country is also on the provisional schedule for the 2010
World Rally Championship.
submitted a plan a few months ago which was considered
by F1 management," said BMF president Bogdan Nikolov.
"According to the draft,
could sign a contract to host a race between 2011 and
2015 and there's an option for a contract extension
until 2020." The German GP is at the Nurburgring
between July10 and 12.
Thomian Walk on Saturday
mega event, Thomian Walk 2009 is scheduled to take place
on Saturday, July 11. The walk commences from the St.
Paul's Milagiriya Church Bambalapitiya, at
4.30pm and concludes at S. Thomas' College Mt Lavinia around
event is to raise funds for the infrastructure
development of the school - upgrading class rooms,
student facilities and the campus, in keeping with the
high ethos of the college. Thomian school boys and the
old boys will participate actively to repay their
nurture fee to their Alma Mater, true to the college
motto - Esto Perpetua.
walk will be colourful with the usual parade in full
cry, music, fun and entertainment in the Thomian spirit.
conclusion of the walk in Mt Lavania, there will be food
stalls, kiddies games, games of skill, elephant rides,
DJ music, aqua display and the ever popular papare
band and more fun and surprises in store.
new Warden of S. Thomas' College, Rev J.C. Puddefoot of
Eton College fame will grace the occasion.
Smit worried by Botha precedent
captain John Smit fears the long-term implications for
the sport after Bakkies Botha received a two-week ban
for dangerous charging.
was suspended after an incident which left British and
Irish Lions prop Adam Jones with a dislocated shoulder.
appeal against the ban was thrown out, but Smit believes
there was nothing wrong with Botha's challenge.
hope it's just a case of Bakkies being victimised. If
not, it could change this wonderful game," said Smit.
Botha incident happened just after half-time of the
ferocious second Test in Pretoria, with the Lions in the
process of securing possession at the ruck.
charged to the tackle area and collided with Jones - an
incident that South Africa claim was perfectly legal
wasn't for the injury which came from it, I don't think
anything would have been said about it," said assistant
coach Dick Muir.
added: "Sanity did not prevail at the appeal and I've
had referees phoning me, and support from the Lions
management and players that it is very concerning for
the future of the game.
"Unfortunately Adam Jones got injured purely because his
arm was stuck in the ruck.
Bryan Habana is running down the wing as fast as a
cheetah, it would be really poor for the game to make
him slow down in case he hurts the tackler."
despite the controversy in
- team-mate Schalk Burger is serving an eight-week ban
after an eye-gouging incident - Smit expects Saturday's
tour finale at Ellis Park will be played in good
sincerely hope there's no bad blood between the two
teams," said Smit.
"Rugby's all about running into each other at a million
miles an hour and tackling each other at a million miles
an hour, stitching oneself up afterwards and sharing a
is still a massive amount for us to play for because we
don't get the opportunity to play against the Lions for
another 12 years.
been a phenomenal series, although it's probably easier
for me to say that as the captain that's won."
assistant coach Warren Gatland said the tourists did not
believe Botha should have been cited.
didn't have an issue with Bakkies Botha, it was a very
tough decision on him," Gatland told a news conference
Jones did not have an issue with the clean-out and
neither did the Lions management.
Bakkies could be banned for that then you would have 50
incidents in a game. Bakkies has a history of
occasionally not using his arms but we had no problem
with that incident, we felt it was legitimate."
Thomas completes switch to Wigan
Thomas on a three-year deal, subject to international
24-year-old was set to join
Wigan from Deportivo Olimpia last summer but the move was turned
down as he did not meet the work permit criteria.
However, the situation has now improved and Thomas was
able to agree terms after passing a medical.
another quality addition," said new Wigan manager
manager Steve Bruce identified Thomas last year but even
though he left for Sunderland this summer, Wigan decided
to make a second attempt to sign the player.
is the third
international to play for Wigan, with left-back Maynor
Figueroa and Wilson Palacios becoming key members of the
number of clubs were alerted to Thomas following his
aborted move to Wigan and Martinez expressed his delight
with the signing.
"Everyone knows how well Wilson and Maynor have done in
the Premier League and it is no wonder there was lots of
interest in Hendry, who comes from the same club as
those two and has impressed," the former Swansea boss
told Wigan's website.
Rugby: National selectors cannot coach clubs
By Lal Gunsekera
Another national rugby selector, Marco de Silva, has run
into controversy. He assists Hisham Abdeen in coaching
the Havelocks side who are competing in the current
Caltex `A' Division League Rugby Championship.
is against the sports law, which stipulates that a coach
cannot hold office as a national selector.
The Sunday Leader spoke to the President of Havelocks,
Priyantha Grero, he said that De Silva helps Abdeen with
the coaching, but no payment is involved, though it was
said: "We refused to make any sort of payment, but Marco
de Silva was told that we would employ him, if he first
resigns as a national selector. I will stop de Silva
assisting Abdeen within the next few days and even our
Rugby Chairman has been informed about this matter."
Marco de Silva has not resigned as a national selector
up to date.
Earlier, Viraj Prasantha had to resign as a national
selector when it was discovered that he was coaching S.
Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia.
Stick to your role
Chairman of National Selectors, Ajith Abeyratne, has
been advised to stick to his role as a selector and not
get himself involved in matters outside the jurisdiction
of selectors, by the Secretary cum Treasurer of the
Interim Committee (IC) of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football
Union (SLRFU), Kiran Atapattu. This was in response to
Abeyratne's letter to Lasitha Gunaratne (CEO of the
SLRFU) on June 22, regarding the squad for the Asian
Under-20 Championship in Hong Kong in September.
Abeyratne had suggested about formulating a plan for the
training programme, whether the players had responded
about their availability and consideration of the
coaches of Kandy, CR &FC and Royal to be in charge of
the Sri Lanka Under-20 squad. Another selector, Tikiri
Marambe, has also made inquiries from Royal College
about the availability of their coach. "They must stick
to their role and not interfere in things not coming
under their purview" said Atapattu.
Sisira Mendis replaces Lewke
another development, DIG Sisira Mendis has replaced DIG
Nimal Lewke as chairman of Police Rugby. The latter, who
was president of SLRFU, has resigned and is now
stationed in Vavuniya.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the IC, Dr. Maiya Gunasekera,
told The Sunday Leader that the AGM of the SLRFU will be
held, as soon as the amendments to the constitution are
approved by Minister Gamini Lokuge and Attorney-General,
Mohan Pieris. The Secretary cum Treasurer of the IC,
Kiran Atapattu, has also to sort out the accounts.
Gunasekera said that the IC met with representatives of
provincial unions and that there were a few alterations
and are awaiting for the provincial unions to sign the
document and send it to the IC, who in turn will seek
the final approval from the minister and the AG.
further said that players (club and national poolists)
will have to sign contracts with the SLRFU and a
transfer fee of five percent will be charged if players
want to move from one club to another. Also, national
poolists who pull out for some reason or other will have
to pay back to the SLRFU what the controlling body had
spent on them.
have also stipulated that the SLRFU constitution has to
conform to the Sports Act, voting system and
elections/selections to the Council which will comprise
of 22 persons and nine for a quorum. Everyone must play
in a major tournament ,'A' Division or Clifford Cup or
at national level" said Dr. Gunasekera, who also said
that it was a fair system and everyone agreed to the
Anil Goonetillake, President TCK OBA (Colombo Branch)
Goonetillake was elected as the President of the Colombo
Branch of the Trinity College Old Boys' Association for
the term 2009/10.
following Committee was appointed for the year 2009/2010
at the 101st Annual General Meeting held on June 13,
2009 at the Diocesan Chambers, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
: The Principal - Trinity College, Vice Patrons:-
Gilbert Paranagama, James Mather, Dr. Neville
Karunatilleke, Sriyantha Senaratne, Y C Chang, L. U. B.
Dissanayake, Jim Bandaranayake, Chulika de Silva,
Jayantissa Kehelpannala, Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Andrews
Thevathason, Upali Ratnayake, Himendra Ranaweera,
President: Anil Goonetilleke, Vice Presidents: Nath
Wijesundara, Horace Jacob, Prabath Harshakumar, Ajith De
Silva, Romesh Jayawardena, Dan Seevaratnam , Sidath
Pananwala, Amitha Nugawela,Muthiah Chandrasekeran,
Suchitra Aluwihare, Secretary: Ranil Prematilake,
Treasurer: Vajira Abeysundera Asst. Secretary / Asst.
Treasurer: Keshan Thalgahagoda, Trustees: Dr. Douglas
Nethsinghe, Y.C. Chang, Jayantissa Kehelpannala,
Committee: 20-30 years: Shamal Gunawardena, Ronald
Gunasinghe, Kapila Pilimathalawe, 30-40 years: Nalaka
Madugalle, Chandana Abeywardena, Chamila Wickremanayake,
40-50 years: Clifford Shadrach, Manik Swaminathan,
Marjan A Manzil, Over 50: Major General Niranjan A
Ranasinghe, Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Prince Nayagam,
Auditor: Keerthi Mihiripenna & Co.
reference to The Sunday Leader article on June 28 tilted
"Polons on the mat," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) through its
Media Unit states that no matters pertaining to the
supply of clay were discussed or taken up at the last
TOC meeting on June 23. Tenders by suppliers of clay
were in keeping with proper procedure, clay samples
weree received and sent for approval and certification
by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI).
from Sampath, three other curators trained by Anurudha
Polonowita are employed at Dambulla, Pallakelle and
Kettarama stadiums, and have recruited for other
curators with agriculture degrees who are training under
Polonowita had also duly followed the right procedure by
a SLC employee in applying for overseas leave.
SL Malay event today
Sri Lanka Malay Association holds its Coffee Evening
today at Hotel Holiday Inn at 4 p.m.
of the proceeds of the event will be diverted to the
enhancement of the community's social and cultural life,
Tickets, priced Rs.1000, are available at the Holiday