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Kandy Sports Club pulls out from ‘Commanders Cup’ Rugby Sevens

 Kandy SC players in action (red & white) during a match
Kandy SC players in action (red & white) during a match

Kandy Sports Club has decided not to participate in the upcoming inaugural ‘Commanders Cup’ Rugby Sevens tournament, which is scheduled to commence at the end of this month. This was confirmed by Rugby Chairman Lasantha Wijesuriya speaking to ‘Daily News’ yesterday.

Kandy SC initially opted to participate in this tournament, which is organized by the Air Force Sports Club and conducted by Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR). But due to uncertainty of dates and all their players being employed in the private sector, they finally decided to keep away after a special meeting called by their rugby committee recently. Unlike in the past, the club had announced at the dawn of the New Year, that the contract players will have to make their own arrangements and meet their own expenses. Kandy SC had requested SLR for financial support so that they would be able to remain in the tournament, but SLR had responded negatively.

Releasing the players for one month is not practical if the employer is not willing. “We initially decided to play, but due to uncertainty of the tournament and the playing dates we opted to pull out. The other factor is that all the players are working in the private sector in various locations and their employers are reluctant to pay them if they don’t report for duty. We can’t get the players released for one month if their employers are not willing. We are also not in a position to offer them jobs at this moment.”

“We requested SLR for financial assistance so that we can look at getting the boys out and finding other options to pay them, for which we had a negative response. With this current pandemic playing rugby seems to be a tough task under severe health constraints, which needs a lot of money to adhere to,” concluded Lasantha.

Kandy Sports Club is the only club solely depending only on rugby unlike other clubs who have various other ways and means of generating income to run their clubs. (AN)