SLR banking on NOCSL for Asian Games spot
Sri Lanka Rugby (ALR) are banking on the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) for a spot in the 19th Asian Games Men’s Seven-A-Side Rugby Tournament after they were omitted from the virtual official draw, which took place on Tuesday.
The NOCSL, in a statement, raised their concerns of Sri Lanka’s absence from the Asian Games Sevens Rugby Tournament official draw and have vowed to rectify the issue after a discussion with the Olympic Council of Asia.
The official statement released by NOCSL read: “This is to inform that it was sadly noticed Sri Lanka Rugby was not included in the Asian Games draw done earlier today. Mr. Maxwell de Silva, the Secretary General of NOC Sri Lanka, brought this to the attention of Mr. Vinod Kumar Tiwary, Actg. Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), which is the authority on the Asian Games. Mr. De Silva was notified that this will be rectified tomorrow with a clear warning to Asia Rugby by Mr. Vinod Tiwary.”
SLR are currently going through a suspension from the world governing body but there were hopes that the island nation would compete at this event under the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Flag following a confirmation from World Rugby and the Sports Ministry.
The 19th Asian Games Rugby Sevens event will take place from September 24 to 26 at the Normal University Cangqian Athletics Field in Hangzhou, China.
Sri Lanka Rugby Sevens has been a constant participant at the Asian Games since the introduction of the shorter format of the game in 1998 and is one of the five teams that has featured in all six editions since alongside Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand.