Minister demands stern action I requested SLR to suspend Kandy SC from ongoing league if they refuse - Dayasiri

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By 2017-11-24

By Asanka Gammanpila

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday confirmed he had ordered Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) to take stern action against league defending champions Kandy Sports Club if they refuse to release the national sevens players who have been contracted.

Last week SLR named 20 men and 16 women players and gave them one year contracts, which commenced from November till next year's Asian Games in Indonesia.

Players from other clubs who have been contracted - Navy, CR and Havelock's – have complied with the order and only Kandy Sports Club has refused to release players during the league tournament for training, which will be conducted once a week under the watchful eyes of Coach Peter Wood and Trainer Nicolas James.

"I requested SLR to suspend Kandy SC from the ongoing league if they refuse to release players for national duty; national duty must be the first priority," said a disappointed Jayasekera.

Five players from Kandy Sports Club - Danushka Ranjan, Richard Dharmapala, Srinath Sooriyabandara, Jason Dissanayake and Danush Dayan - were named in the contract list.

When Ceylon Today contacted SLR Chief Executive Officer Priyantha Ekanayake, he revealed they were planning to have a meeting today with the Minister of Sports to discuss the matter.

"We have a few problems to sort out in our contract with Sri Lanka sevens players after Kandy refused to release players for training. However, we will try to get the Kandy SC players released and if they refuse our suggestions, then we have to take a council level decision," said Ekanayake.

National training started this week at Race Course and a few players turned up for practices. According to Havelock Sports Club, at the moment they released only the U-20 players and not the seniors because they haven't received a proper contract list from SLR.
"With the Kandy SC problem SLR haven't properly informed the Clubs as yet," said Ekanayake.

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