Beer served to media at Galle match despite earlier policy

By Samantha Hewabandula in Galle

Beer was served today inside the media enclosure at the Galle cricket stadium during the cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa despite earlier efforts to discourage promoting beer or any form of liquor.

Earlier the Sri Lanka Cricket board had ensured that at cricket matches played in Sri Lanka beer was not served to the media.

However today beer had been made available free of charge for the media during the lunch break inside the media enclosure at the Galle cricket stadium during the cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Sources said that the Sri Lanka Cricket board had in the past discouraged serving liquor as President Maithripala Sirisena has a strong policy against liquor.

However it was understood that a top official in the Sri Lanka Cricket board had given instructions to serve beer to the media during the Galle match to keep them “happy”.

1 Comment for “Beer served to media at Galle match despite earlier policy”

  1. Gabriella

    Everything in Sri Lanka is about maintaining appearances. It’s all about the ‘facade’ rather than the ‘interior’. It is ingrained in the national psyche.

    Abstinence from alcohol is an individual choice. As is conducting one’s life in an ethical and moral manner.

    Trying to maintain the appearance of a morally pure society is an exercise in futility. President Sirisena has obviously never heard of the ramifications of the prohibition era in the United States.

    The president appears keen to maintain “appearances”. His ministers regularly parade their moral purity dressed in resplendent white at temples all over the island. All this facade has done is condemn every devout Buddhist to be tainted by the stench of corruption by wearing their ‘uniform of corruption’ ( pristine white). So much for symbolism !

    It appears President Sirisena has a strong policy on everything; except transparent leadership, ethics, corruption, maintenance of law and order, and improving the lives of his people.

    P.S. It is amazing how everyone becomes an overnight teetotaler on Poya days. Has anyone ever sampled the brew being poured from those tea pots in all the hotels ? So much for “appearances” !

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