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SLTA Gear Up For March Nz Tie

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With more than a 100-year tradition, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is world tennis’ premier team competition, as well as the largest annual event of its kind. The symbol of this prestigious event is the impressive silver Davis Cup trophy, donated by Harvard student Dwight Filley Davis back in 1900. It was initially confined to [...]

Rugby IC Out, Now Pick Right Men For The Job

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Sri Lanka rugby’s worst fears will be put to rest next month when elected office bearers regain control of the sport from the government-appointed interim committee, whose controversial year-long reign did little to endear itself to the rugby community. So news of its departure next month was, not surprisingly, greeted with a palpable sigh of [...]

FIFA President Blatter Blasts South Africa Critics

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Fifa President Sepp Blatter has hit back at critics of South Africa hosting the World Cup. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said awarding the tournament to South Africa was “the biggest wrong decision” Fifa has made. But Blatter says these comments mask a disrespectful prejudice. “It’s an anti-Africa prejudice. There is still in the [...]

The Fonseka Fiasco And How Mahinda Rajapaksa Lost The Plot

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by The End (finem.wordpress.com) In the late hours of yesterday, Military Police arrested the former Commander of the Army, (Retd.) Gen. Sarath Fonseka for the following charges. Politicking whilst in uniform. Conspiring against the Commander-in-Chief whilst in Service. Harboring more than 1,500 deserters whilst on service. Corrupt practices in military procurements. As for the charges, [...]

S.F.’s Arrest Appalling

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A diplomat from the E.U. region speaking on the grounds of anonymity to The Sunday Leader recently described the arrest of defeated common presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka by the military police (m.p.) as appalling. Another said that even in the event if Fonseka was in breach of the law, that was not the way [...]

Thirty Barred From Winter Olympics After Doping Tests

Having returned from a three-nation tournament in South Africa the under 19 Sri Lanka cricket team had barely 24-hours before leaving for New Zealand for the under 19 Cricket World Cup.  Here, the team’s consultant coach Aravinda de Silva is seen enjoying milk provided by their sponsor Anchor before their departure to New Zealand.

Over 30 athletes have been prevented from competing at the Winter Olympics for breaking drugs rules, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has confirmed. Wada Chief John Fahey refused to give details of those involved but said the sports or national federations were handling recent cases. “It is more likely athletes who seek to cheat at [...]

Government Should Leave Fonseka Alone!

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by Voice In Colombo (landlikenoother.blogspot.com) If anyone is feeling happy about the arrest of Gen Sarath Fonseka by the military police, I’m sure the majority of such people (if not all) must be LTTE sympothisers who were silenced for last eight months after the death of Prabhakaran. It was just eight months ago we celebrated [...]

G.S.P. + Gone

G.S.P. + is lost, a multi-faceted corporate executive whose interests also include garments exports, speaking on the grounds of anonymity told The Sunday Leader. He was referring to the recent arrest of defeated common opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka on charges of allegedly fomenting a coup against the Government. The source described the Government’s [...]

South Asian Games End – Where Are We Heading?

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By Hishan Welmilla The curtain fell down at the 11th South Asian Games last Monday raising many an issue as far as Sri Lanka’s performances are concerned. The high standard maintained by  Sri Lanka in the South Asian region in sports seems to be falling down with the rise of other nations in the region. [...]

Can Ireland Re-light The Paris Fire?

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With all due respect to fans of Wales, Scotland, Italy and England, there is no doubt about the big game in the Six Nations this weekend. France v Ireland shapes up as one of the, if not the, pivotal fixture in deciding who will go on to win this year’s title. This year’s champions will [...]

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