Non-contact sports to restart soon
By Asanka Gammanpila
Ranjith Chandrasekara, Secretary to the State Ministry of Education and who’s in charge of sports, believes non-contact sports like Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis and others, were in line to restart soon.
According to Chandrasekera, only the Schools Tennis Association came up with a request to restart the game, while none of the other Associations made any request to restart their games.
Islandwide all sports came to halt in mid-March due to Covid-19, and Chandrasekera believes the situation in the country would stabilise soon, as the Education Ministry has decided to restart schools from 10 August.
“The respective Schools Associations should come with their ideas and send a request, which we will then consider,” said Chandrasekara.
Meanwhile, rugby is the sport having a large public interest and everybody is waiting to see the boys in action again, but due to the lack of proper administration in the Sri Lanka School Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA), they have failed even to send a request to the Education Ministry to restart the game.
Former President of the (SLSRFA) Ranjith Chandrasekera said: “Especially a contact game like rugby the request should come with a proper plan, but we haven’t received any request so far from the SLSRFA.”
“First they must request from us and then the Education Ministry can take advice from the Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe,” said Chandrasekara
Earlier the league and knock out tournaments were scheduled to be completed before the ‘A’ level examination, but now the new dates are fixed after the exam, which will be a great relief to last year’s players who can focus more on the game.
SLSRFA has prepared a schedule to commence the League from 15 October which will go on till 30 November. The Knock-out stage is scheduled to kick off from 15 to 31 December.
He further said he doesn't think full league tournaments can be played, and the Schools Association should shorten it.
He also confirmed the Education Ministry has given the green light to start individual physical training (even for rugby), where the players can follow the national guideline issued by the Ministry to engage in sports.
According to the Schools Association, school representatives will meet with the sponsors Dialog this week to have a discussion to finalise their new schedule before forwarding it to the Education Ministry.