suspended in schools:
In a dramatic turn of events the Ministry of Education has decided to
suspend all sporting events and coaching sessions involving Martial Arts
in schools with immediate effect.
This includes sports such as boxing, wrestling, karate, judo,
taekwondo and wushu. This decision was taken following the unfortunate
death of Pasindu Jayawickrema of D. S. Senanayake College who passed
away after suffering severe head injuries during an inter school wushu
tournament worked off at the Sugathadasa Stadium recently.
Jayawickrema suffered this blow while competing in the weight class
of 48-52 kgs category. This was in fact the second time where a
schoolboy had become a victim of this nature and in the same sport.
Earlier a schoolboy from Baduraliya MV suffered the same fate while
participating in a wushu tournament.
As a result the Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha responded
immediately by suspending all Martial Arts sports of this nature on a
special request made by the parents.
Their earnest request was that there should be protective measures to
safeguard the competitors who are associated in this kind of sports
during competitions as well as during training sessions.
The Ministry of Education has also taken further steps to suspend all
sporting activities that are considered dangerous and unsafe for
participation and have informed all the Heads of schools regarding this
The Minister of Education is now awaiting a report from the Director
of Sports in connection with the death of Pasindu Jayawickrema whose
funeral took place in Boralesgamuwa on Sunday.
The Minister revealed that a final decision will be taken on the
participation of schoolboys and girls in such sporting activities at a
meeting with officials on May 25.