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Defending league champions and present Clifford Cup holders Kandy Sports activities Membership have written to Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) requesting for matches involving the membership within the knock-out event to be performed on the Nittawela Rugby Stadium.

The final time the membership performed its Clifford Cup matches at residence was in 2017, underneath the captaincy of Roshan Weeraratne.

Kandy Sports activities Membership Secretary Sujeewa Liyanage stated the membership incurs an enormous price when enjoying matches in Colombo.

“They are yet to respond to our letter. We will incur a minimum cost of Rs. 1.5 million including hotel cost per match and the total would be around Rs. 4.5 million for the three matches, if we are to travel to Colombo for the knock-out games. Already in the league we make six visits to Colombo while the other clubs have to travel to Kandy only once. Further, we will need to spend three or more days in Colombo for the Sevens tournament which is another costly business. This is too much on the club and financially all are going through a tough time,” he stated.

The larger subject, he added, was the bodily toll on the gamers from travelling to Colombo.

“Besides, the biggest issue is the strain on the players. Traveling up and down, playing so many games in Colombo takes a big toll on the players,” he stated, including that the sport was not receiving sufficient visibility within the Central Province.

“In the entire season we get solely 4 video games in Kandy. Is that this the way in which to develop the sport in Central Province, which consists of six main rugby enjoying faculties? If SLR hosts matches at Nittawela there could be a most of three video games and all gate collections shall be for SLR. This shall be a win-win state of affairs for them as nicely, as a result of in the event that they play the video games in Colombo they gained’t get the identical gate assortment as in Kandy, the place there’s a minimal earnings of Rs. 500,000 rupees for every match.”

“The welfare of our gamers is of paramount significance to us. Our success through the years has been our means to take care of our gamers, and we await SLR’s resolution on our request, anticipating a positive response.”

Chairman of the Event Organizing Committee of SLR Nazeem Mohamed chatting with Daily Mirror stated, “We have received a request sent by Kandy Sports Club a few days back. We will take it up at the committee meeting and revert back on our decision to Kandy SC in the near future.” 

By Shamseer Jaleel

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