Baby in My Heart Every Thought is of Rugby
By Vimal Perera
An overwhelming song making positive news on the world other than COVID positive from Sri Lanka is ‘Manike Mage Hithe.’ If not for COVID, rugby clubs would be singing their version. Baby in my heart, every passionate thought is about you. It is a fire burning.
The shape of your body won’t let me keep my eyes on the oval ball. You found my heart, but our eyes could not meet with COVID the pandemic. Clubs began to get supporters to glimpse through the small box as some countries worldwide opened the fields for Rugby.
Some with fans and others without spectators. Only to be put behind as the lockdown was in force again. However, Rugby lingers close to the heart, as demonstrated in the animated discussions on whats app fora. Complete with the bashing of the referee as would happen in any live playing field. The spirit is yet not broken. In Sri Lanka Rugby kicked off with the Air Force taking on CH in a twolegged event and posted as an achievement in the Sri Lanka Tuskers, the official website of Sri Lanka Rugby.
The President of Sri Lanka Rugby Ilyas has drawn attention to the Media via app messages to the official website. That is just the starter, as SLR is firing from all cylinders to keep the oval ball rolling. The main dishes are still a dream to the party organiser as Rugby and are a contact sport that needs a different base to convince the health authorities. The SLR has introduced training and development programmes with the backing and participation of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby-Football Association and the Provincial Unions from North to South and East to West.
Sources of Sri Lanka and Schools Rugby informed that the training programme would cover seven hundred coaches and match officials. The programme is on a virtual platform, and where necessary, the face to face interaction as required by higher modules will follow. Good to go as we enter the next phase of completing the vaccination and a possible return to Rugby at all levels, including the clubs, schools and other age groups.
What will we have after all the education? Better players, coaches, referees and or more informed fans, When Rugby starts, “we will be singing the Yohani Music. Girl. Oh, girl,My heart is on fire. Come a little closer. Your charms make me go crazy. The Armed Forces and Police are organising a sevens tournament in the last week of October. The sources close to the organisers say that they expect the two teams from the clubs to join the four services teams. The news is that Havelocks and CH are two teams that have agreed to play.
The organisers say they have informed Sri Lanka Rugby about the proposed tournament. Around 1988 the situation in the country did not permit the Armed Forces and Police to play. Finally, however, the players were allowed to represent the clubs, and a successful tournament concluded.
This time around, the services and the Police want to support club players as they have the necessary infrastructure to create a bubbe, unlike the cubs. So, that is another school of thought to have eight teams in the proposed sevens. The prospect will help select and build the National Sevens team to play the Asia Sevens in December.
Otherwise, there is little in the promotion of the National Team. Will the proposed tournament lingers close to the heart of fans as though you have known forever and together played Rugby. Like the Clifford Cup or the League by various names, Is this the 2021 gift to SL Rugby or blow as a monster when the maximum could be a trojan virus if you see it as a nuisance.
Asia Rugby kicks off with the women under eighteen sevens, hosted by Uzbekistan Rugby Federation, in Tashkent on the 18th and 19th September 2021. Thus, Asia Rugby is off the blocks after almost two years of waiting and will be the first tournament in Asia. Host Uzbekistan Kazakhstan, India, Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates to compete for the trophy.
The West Asia Sevens are to be in the second week of October in Qatar. Originally this was to be played in Lebanon. Asia Rugby has confirmed that the planned women and men’s Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2021 have seen some changes, while the Asia Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Championships have got the green light. Asian Rugby cancelled the first leg of the Asian Sevens Series. As a result, the remaining two legs of the Asia Rugby Men’s and Women’s Sevens Series will be in the United Arab Emirates in November 2021 (Leg 1 19-20 and Leg 2 25-26 November 2021).
Men’s and Women’s International Rugby Sevens returns with HSBC Canada Sevens events in Vancouver and Edmonton in September Singapore and Cape Town rounds are unable to take place in 2021 due to the impacts of COVID-19, while backto-back combined Emirates Dubai 7s events will now open the 2022 Series.