SLR cut loose Commonwealth Games opportunity
At a time responsible parties are not showing an interest in rugby at national level, Sri Lanka’s chances of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games has been drastically reduced. Asian Rugby Championship to be held in Dubai next month also serves as a qualification pathway to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The top two Men’s teams and the top Women’s team will qualify to play in the Games.
All other countries are fighting for the opportunity to take part in the Games by fielding their best side, while Sri Lanka is the only country looking to qualify with a second-string side. Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) is way behind in their preparations for the Games, and also not come up with a proper scheme to pick the best players available to serve their country. No one is looking to be selected based on favoritism, and the Sports Ministry has the responsibility to focus on national rugby instead of changing their decisions on an ad hoc basis.
Director General of Sports initially decided to allow players from Kandy and CR to participate at the trials, before overturning his own decision the following day, saying all other clubs had protested over their decision. No one is talking about parachuting players. What Kandy players requested was to have a trial and fitness test along with the players who are going to be picked after the invitational 7s tournament. The best players will secure a place in the national team. Everyone must act responsibly and forget about their personal agendas, and should make it their duty to take the nation forward. What Sri Lanka is going to miss cannot be got back.