Srilankan MP Rajapaksa Focuses On Rugby In J&K


Srinagar: Sri Lankan renowned Rugby Coach and Member of Parliament, Namal Rajapaksa arrived here at Srinagar to join the visiting delegation of Sri Lankan Rugby Coaches and conduct seminar for Jammu and Kashmir Rugby players at Polo Ground, Srinagar.

The seminar which started on 19th April will likely culminate on 24th April and is organized by Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council.

The objective of seminar is to train J&K Rugby players on professional lines besides developing the sport through exchange programs. During the seminar, Rajapaksa interacted with the coaches and players who participated in this seminar.

While addressing the media Rajapaksa said that sports are beyond boundaries and it plays key role to bring communities together.

“When I saw that Kashmir kids are playing Rugby, I was very much excited to be part of it and share our knowledge and experience as Sri Lankan Rugby goes beyond hundred years,” he said.

He further said that it is great experience for him and his team to be the part of J&K Rugby in order to exchange their experience with them.

“This is great experience and it will help to develop this sport further,” he adds.
He said that sports should be separated from politics besides from controversies.

“Government should support to build infrastructure, provide facilities besides to attract investors so as to develop sports culture,” he said.

He further said there should be transparency in sports and each kid should be provided with an opportunity to showcase their mettle.

Moreover, the players will get training during the seminar under the Sri Lankan coaches comprising of Namal Rajapaksa, Ronny Ibrahim, Rohit Rajpaksa, Trueching Awantha Lee, Donsasan Ka besides female coach Inoshi Priyangi.

During the Seminar, Secretary Sports, Waheed-Ur-Rehman Para said that it is a very significant move and will boost players and help to develop this game further.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted on the arrival of Namal Rajapaksa, “Good to have @RajapaksaNamal join a delegation of Sri Lankan coaches in Srinagar to train the J&K Rugby team. His commitment to sports & working with youth is commendable.”