Sports

We’ll go to courts against ban, expect suspension of SLC AGM – Mohan, Ravin

“This is a major conspiracy plotted by those who are afraid of elections.”

The Sports Minister’s decision is complete violation of country’s sports law. We were not at least given an inquiry before banning us. This is an anti democratic move. How did they say even a week before the decision was out on Friday that they would come uncontested, asked Ravin Wickramaratne of the Mohan De Silva party, contesting for the February 21 Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) election. He said so in a briefing to the media at the CCC clubhouse in Colombo on Monday, 11 February.

Minister of Sports Harin Fernando said on Friday, 8 Feb., that he had decided not to allow former SLC Secretary De Silva and Assistant Secretary Wickramaratne to contest in the forthcoming SLC elections.

Appeals against six names, Presidency-nominees Jayantha Dharmadasa and Shammi Silva, Secretary-nominee Bandula Dissanayake and nominee for Assistant Treasurer, Lalith Rambukwella, including that of De Silva and Wickramaratne, have been lodged to the Election Committee. All former four candidates have been cleared to contest but for De Silva and Wickramaratne.

In absence of De Silva, Shammi Silva will run for Presidency from the powerful Thilanga Sumathipala group. Outgoing President Sumathipala is not contesting this time citing political commitments.

“This is a major conspiracy plotted by those who are afraid of elections,” said De Silva.

Meanwhile Shammi Silva said they called them ‘rogues’ while having various corruption allegation on their side.