a cue from cricket
Sequel to our ‘musings’ two weeks ago more sordid news
keep on pouring in about the misdeeds of our athletes and the lackadaisical
approach taken by people at higher plains to bring them to book.
of these stories have already come to light and some may have not.
But, the million dollar question is what action has been taken to
arrest situations of this nature? As much as we know so far as we
know nothing of what has been done and even when someone had tried
to take action according to the grape wine they have been nullified
by people of authority down the line.
stories are many but the people who are bold enough to come out
and speak out are few and far between. Only one person had the guts
to come and speak to us but he too preferred to remain anonymous
to the public. His question also remains unanswered. He poses a
few incidents – The shoplifting and misdemeanor with a security
lady which landed three of our leading athletes which ultimately
landed them in a Canadian police cell was taken up seriously upon
their arrival and subsequently ended up in a year’s suspension
of the three athletes involved. But unofficial pressure from persons
of authority saw them off the hook in only three months. Then another
athlete harassed a lady doctor in Faisalabad, Pakistan while taking
part at the SAF games. NOC conducted an inquiry, but pressure brought
upon them saw the file being closed without action.
a high official of the AAA was manhandled in Paris by two athletes
over an incident regarding a mere pair of spikes. The case was,
however, swept under the carpet.
official who came up with the complaint quips that a part of the
blame should go to the respective coaches too. He states about an
incident where a prominent coach was having a clandestine affair
with a female athlete which was no secret in athletic circles. Then
another incident where a coach joined a group of athletes to take
fraudulent telephone calls from Paris to Sri Lanka just for the
sake of a free call. Then back home the coaches get athletes to
go on demonstrations for their narrow gains.
asks then how can a coach guide the athletes to run on the right
track off the field. Besides this when action is taken and persons
of authority come to their rescue for the sake of a few medals the
athletes turn around and sneer at the officials who tried booking
them. He states the best in these circumstances is to do as the
it’s a predicament. The game needs the performers and the
performers need the sport. But, to be fully effective you need a
lot of discipline and self restraint. But, are we doing just that?
Unfortunately it is not so. Fortunately on the other hand Sri Lanka’s
other popular sport – cricket seems to be running on the right
track at present. The slightest slip by a cricketer at the top level
is brought to light and action is taken according to the prevailing
latest incident is the action that is taken regarding fast bowler
Ruchira Perera. There is no argument about the talent that he possesses.
But, on and off the field he had problems regarding his discipline.
The SLC promptly took action and suspended him from the game for
an unspecified period which also cost him the contract with the
national pool. Now he has the time to sit back and re-track his
paces. As a result of the action taken against this individual the
game may suffer a little, but the end result will be that the game
will be richer. Certainly the others can take a cue from cricket!