Sports Ministry fails to turn up in Court

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Nobody from the respondent’s party had turned up at the Court of Appeal yesterday following a case filed by
Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) against the suspension imposed by the Ministry of Sports recently.

Respondent party includes former Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, current Minister Thenuka Vidanagamage, Director Sports Amal Edirisooriya and Ministry Secretary.

Former Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa issued a Government Gazette temporarily suspending SLR on 1 April 2022 and appointed Director General of Sports Development Amal Edirisooriya as the Competent Authority to administer the functions of SLR two days prior to his resignation as Sports Minister.

SLR is currently facing full membership suspension from Asia Rugby (AR), which was imposed over the weekend. AR confirmed that on 29 April 2022 they had sent an official letter to the new Minister of Youth and Sport Thenuka Vidanagamage stating they shall call upon the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee (SLNOC) to manage, run and conduct a fresh election.

AR confirms that it will work with SLNOC on all relevant details concerning the fresh election and will award the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Olympic Council of Asia and World Rugby an observatory presence at the potential election to ensure appropriate transparency.

President’s Counsel Faisz Musthapha, Panduka Keerthinanda (Attorney-at-Law), Keerthi Thilakaratna (Attorney-at-Law) and Sanjaya Kaluarachchi (instructing lawyer) appeared for SLR.

Next hearing is scheduled for 12 May 2022. (AG)