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Boxing Lessons For SLC

Dian Gomes

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) may need to take a cue from Sri Lanka Boxing (SLB) which has its accounts audited and further stipulates that either its treasurer or assistant treasurer needs to be a qualified accountant.
Dian Gomes, Group Director MAS Holdings, a US$ 750 million garments exporting enterprise who has been involved in the development of SLB for the past 12 years told a seminar in Colombo on Saturday that another “check and balance” that SLB practices is that no free plane tickets are provided to officials accompanying local boxers at international meets.
“They have to buy their own plane ticket,” he said. Free tickets are provided only to the boxers.
The question raised by many interested in SLC’s future is that there is a grey area in regard to SLC’s accounts, ie as to whether such accounts are audited?
Gomes further said that after a lapse of 40 years SLB was able to send a boxer to the Olympics (Beijing) in 2008. He said that Anuruddha  Ratnayake qualified to go to Beijing after doing well at a boxing meet in Chicago the previous year. He said that previously Sri Lanka used to win more boxing medals than athletic medals.
Before the revival of boxing in 1999, local boxers couldn’t last the four rounds in an international tourney, added Gomes.
But after getting a Cuban trainer with state sponsorship (the rest being all private sponsorship), not only are local boxers now able to last the required four rounds, but at an international meet in 2003, Sri Lanka missed winning two boxing medals by a point each due to bad judging, the victims being Manju Wanniaarachchi and Anuruddha  Ratnayake, he said.
Training to compete at the international level required running nine kilometres and doing 600 push-ups daily.
Wanniaarachchi who won a boxing gold, after a lapse of 72 years for Sri Lanka at the New Delhi Commonwealth games last year has been accused of taking the banned anabolic steroid Nandrolone. Wanniaarachchi was a victim of an alleged quack doctor from Kurunegala to whom the boxer had gone for Vitamin B boosters, said Gomes.

A verdict on this matter is expected in May.
Gomes said that there is a chance that Wanniaarachchi may retain his medal as there is a doubt on the sample tested.
He said that the biggest hindrance to success was fear. But if that’s taken out, the path to success is open. At the other extreme, the elimination of fear also does spawn suicide bombers, said Gomes.Gomes himself a former boxer said that SLB’s quest for a medal will continue till at least 2020.
He said that if Wanniaarachchi is cleared, he would be the best prospect for Sri Lanka to win a gold at next year’s London Olympics. Additionally, Sri Lanka also has the world’s fifth rated woman boxer in the flyweight category, she too is a good chance for a gold, said Gomes.
Gomes made these comments at a seminar titled “I Eccellenza ’11: which was organized by Zahira College, Colombo’s Group of 2000

2 Comments for “Boxing Lessons For SLC”

  1. mensa

    Aney Pau, Gomes is also trying to act like a day old chicken and believe that
    it is the quack from Kurunegala to blame – where was he hiding all these days when the heat was on ?? If he wants to be like the boxer and think that a quack can give vitamins to his boxer whilst there are a host of sports doctors in the ministry at their service he must be brain dead….

  2. dagobert

    Gomez….. this quack doctor COMMENT.

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