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Rugby to come under Interim Committee?

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An Interim Committee to administer rugby is in the pipeline after it has now been disclosed that no contestants (apart from the present old guard) had entered the fray to contest the upcoming election of office-bearers to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) with nominations already closed, The Nation learns.

The only contestants in the fray are the current SLRFU president Asanga Seneviratne, his vice president Lasitha Gunaratne and secretary Nalin de Silva.

According to the new Sports Act, Seneviratne and Gunaratne cannot contest again after serving the stipulated four years.

Track and Field sports administrators Palitha Fernando and Prema Pinnawela have already opted out of the election of office bearers of the athletics body respecting the Sports Law.

Under Seneviratne’s term, rugby had very little or nothing to boast of on the local and international scene.

One of the worst setbacks was the dismantling of rugby at the country’s oldest club CH and FC who pulled out from the last season without a ground to even practice on after the SLRFU changed the 100-year old rugby calendar to coincide with the cricket season.
CH and FC had to make way for the club’s cricket team called the Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) to use their traditional venue at Maitland Crescent in Colombo.

The only rugby that was patronized by the masses belonged to the schools arena which the SLRFU unsuccessfully attempted to usurp two seasons ago in view of its popularity and financial stakes.

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