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Asanga Seneviratna elected President of SLRFU

New office-bearers were elected uncontested to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) during their Annual General Meeting held at the Water's Edge Hotel on Wednesday. Former Vice President Asanga Seneviratne was elected President while Rizly Ilyas will hold the secretary's post. One time Secretary Shane Dullewa who was to contest for the secretary's position and Central Province Rugby Football Union President Mohan Samarakoon, who was to contest for the Vice Presidency withdrew their nominations on the election day.

The former SLRFU Secretary Lasitha Gunaratne is the new Vice President of the Union. Kiran Attapattu's treasurer's post is unchanged and the new officials will work in their capacities for two years. Seven Council Members were also appointed during the AGM. Speaking to the Daily News, the new President Asanga Seneviratne said that his main aim will be to bring Sri Lankan team into second or third ranking in the Asian region and sevens formats in the sport. "Our players are very talented and we have seen their level in playing against foreign players during the Carlton Super Sevens tournament. So I strongly believe my aspirations are within our reach,' said Asanga.

Under the new leadership SLRFU will focus on increasing the number of rugby playing clubs in order to absorb the school leaving talented players and will include more teams in all playing divisions and Provincial level.

Asanga further said that Sevens will be the ideal format for Sri Lanka and an Island-wide Sevens development programme soon will be launched to bring the sport to the outstations.

"A new contract system will be introduced to the clubs and SLRFU will have a hold on player's contracts where the national interest will be given the priority," said the new President.

President - Asanga Seneviratne. Vice President - Lasitha Gunaratne. Secretary - Rizly Ilyas. Treasurer - Kiran Attapattu. Council Members - Chula Dharmadasa, Fazal Mohamed, Roshan Deen, Prashantha Wimalasena, Major General Daya Ratnayake, Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera and Brigadier ( Rtd.) Sunil Ranasinghe

Posted on 2012-01-12 14:23:08
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