The rugby fraternity has begun to raise questions regarding the decision taken by the Education Ministry to suspend three leading rugby playing schools because the period specified for them to refrain from participating in the game will happen during the off-season.
Old boys and well-wishers funding or doing administrative work of teams representing leading rugby playing schools echoed in one voice with Nation that these players facing suspensions will be back in action by the time the next season commences.
It is learnt that the Ministry of Education had taken a decision on June 30 (Thursday) to suspend the under-20 rugby teams of Dharmaraja College (for a period of Nine months), Trinity College (for period of Six months) and Carey College (for a period of six months). The suspensions imposed on these three schools will be effective from 1st July 2016. Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) Secretary Denzil Darling confirmed that these three schools were slapped with bans by the Ministry of Education.
According to Darling, the senior teams of the three schools have been suspended because its members have been found guilty of being involved in violence during rugby matches.
Critics point out that the suspensions imposed on Trinity and Carey will be over by December this year while Dharmaraja will be free to take part in rugby again by the end of March 2017. “If a punishment is to be given properly the suspension should rule out a team’s participation during the season. Going by the decision taken, the culprits are getting away squat free” a rugby administrator of Colombo based school, speaking on terms of anonymity, said.
Darling however, said that the SLSRFA agreed with the punishment given to the three schools by the Ministry of Education.
He said that the suspension was affective and would deny the three schools all opportunities to see any of their children being selected to represent Sri Lanka at two Asian level rugby tournaments.