Committee clears Thilaka as SL coach

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By 2017-12-16

By Karuppiah Ramakrishnan

Former head coach of Brunei Darussalam Thilaka Jinadasa was appointed as a head coach of Sri Lanka netball team by the Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara after reviewing the report submitted by Inquiry Committee headed by retired Director General Department of Sports Development Milton Amarasinghe the current advisor to the Sports Minister.

The inquiry into the appeal made by former national coach Hyacinth Wijesinghe following the interview conducted for the appointment of the head coach by the Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Netball Association (SLNA) concluded recently.

According to Milton Amarasinghe "I submitted the report last week to the minister and he approved the report two days ago and according to the report the Netball Constitution or Sports Law had not been violated; so, the selection committee decision is the final selection which is now valid after the inquiry and maybe there is a Human Rights violation that has taken place but that has no direct bearing here and I made it clear to both parties that I will consider only whether the Netball Constitution or the Sports Law had been violated."

Thilaka Jinadasa said, "Yes, I'm very honoured and proud to coach my own country. I applied several times for the post of head coach but due to so many issues at SLNA I was rejected by the then Committee."
Thilaka Jinadasa represented the country as an athlete (100m Hurdles) at the Seoul Olympics 1988 and took to netball subsequently and fared with distinction. In 1997 as the vice captain of the Sri Lanka national netball team the side won the Asian Championship in Singapore.

She had the honour of being the first female athlete to represent the country at an Olympic and the sole Gold medallist at the 1987 SAF Games in athletics.
Continuing her conversation with Ceylon Today Thilaka Jinadasa said, "During my assignment in Brunei, I guided the Brunei team to win one Gold (Borneo Cup), one Silver (Asian Youth International Tournament Korea) and two Bronze medals (SEA Games 2015 and 2017). "I have completed the Australian accreditation coaching membership and obtained all coaching certificates from Australia and Singapore. I also have all Sri Lankan Netball Federation Coaching certificates too."

Meanwhile, Thilaka Jinadasa has already tendered her resignation as head coach of the Brunei national team.

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