‘Racism will not be tolerated at the University of Ruhuna’ – VC



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Prof. Sujeewa Amarasena


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PRIYAN DE SILVA


Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna Senior Prof Sujeewa Amarasena said that he would not tolerate racism or allow racism in sports or academic activities at the University. He said that the university with over 9,000 internal and 20,000 external students had not so far encountered any racism. "The instigators will be dealt with severely if it does take place," he warned.


Prof. Amarasena made these remarks at the closing ceremony of the 13th Sri Lanka University Games held at the Rabindranath Tagore Auditorium of the Ruhuna University, last Saturday.


"We have had healthy competitions, disputes and debates within the past twelve days but it is sad that at times some problems are misinterpreted and institutions are being discredited."


In the17th minute of final of the football tournament  between the University of Jaffna and the University of Moratuwa played at the Kotawila stadium, a player from the University of Jaffna who was about to score a goal  ended up with a fractured leg after receiving a kick from the goalie of the University of Moratuwa. The goalie was shown the red card and a penalty awarded to the University of Jaffna. It had taken about 15 to 20 minutes for the referees to get the game restarted  but before the penalty was taken  it began to rain and further play was not possible on that day.


In keeping with the FIFA rules and the technical guidelines of the tournament, the officials decided that the match should resume the next morning from the point it ended.  As the University of Moratuwa team did not take the field the next morning the officials very correctly awarded the match to the University of Jaffna.


"The Sri Lanka University Sports Association officials at a meeting in which I was not present reversed this decision. I believe that SLUSA should not have interfered in the decision made by the match officials and technical committee"


Prof. Amarasena said that it was sad that a video put out by the students union of the Jaffna University which was going viral on social media blamed the Ruhuna University for the incident.


"It is unfair to lay the blame on the University of Ruhuna because our University had no hand in reversing the match officials’ decision which I believe was correct. I have instructed that the football shield should not be awarded today until the dispute is resolved" he added.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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