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Irb: Elect Committee By June 1 Or Be Banished

By T.M.K. Samat

THE International Rugby Board has set the SLRFU Interim Committee a May 31 deadline to handover the sport’s administration to an elected committee.

Following the cancellation of March 29 SLRFU AGM (in which an elected committee was to be put in place), the world body last week issued its toughest message yet to the Interim Committee. In it, David Carrigy, Head of IRB’s External and Member Relationship, wrote:

“If an AGM and proper elections of the SLRFU have not been held by June 1, I can confirm that from midnight on that date the SLRFU will be suspended as a member of the IRB. Until such time the IRB Council considers the SLRFU is properly reconstituted, this suspension will mean that the SLRFU will not be eligible for IRB funding or participation in any international matches at any level.’’

Since Sport Minister appointed an Interim Committee for rugby in early 2009, the IRB’s cautioning of possible suspension had been centered on withdrawal of its annual development grant to the SLRFU, amounting to nearly Rs. 20mn. at the last count.

Though suspension also covers a ban from international rugby, this is the first time the IRB has officially spoken of imposing the ban on Sri Lanka – if the IC continues to run the affairs of the game. Carrigy has also expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the March 29 AGM and election because “a quorum was not achieved’’.

In what apparently is a response to Carrigy’s stern message, the IC reportedly has set the AGM for Friday, April 30 – which might well open another can of worms. It will be argued that the April 30 date is in breach of the constitution as a month’s notice is required prior to the AGM.

Be that as it may, the IRB clearly has lost patience with the IC and its continuing hold on the reins of power. In March two high ranking IRB officials, Carrigy himself and Jarred Gallagher, IRB’s Asian Development officer, flew down to Colombo to spell out to Sport Ministry and SLRFU officials the ramification of having appointed committees to run the affairs of rugby. They pointed out suspension from IRB was the penalty – and the Sport Minister promised the IRB duo an elected committee by May.

Came November and the IRB Congress – and the IC was yet in control. At the Congress, however, Interim Committee representative, Asanga Seneviratne was handed an ultimatum: put in place an elected administration by March 31 or be banished from international rugby. And when the March 29 AGM didn’t get off the ground due to, of all reasons, a lack of quorum, IRB’s suspicion over the conduct of Sri Lanka rugby by Interim Committee might’ve only deepened.  The AGM, set for Friday, better be properly conducted, and that all members resolve to act in a way that preserves the country membership in the IRB. Otherwise, we would be become the pariahs of international rugby.

2 Comments for “Irb: Elect Committee By June 1 Or Be Banished”

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