Three Sri Lanka Rugby players admit taking drugs
The three Sri Lanka national rugby players - Kandy skipper and full
back Saliya Kumara,No 8 forward Keith Gurusinghe and Navy prop forward
Eranga Swarnatilleke,who have been tested positive for the use of banned
drugs at the recently concluded Asian five nation rugby tournament have
confessed that they have taken the banned drug.
The drugs that they have taken have contained the banned substance
“These three players have confessed that they have taken these drugs
and they brought letters to that effect when the inquiry began yesterday
morning,” Chairman of the National Anti Doping Agency Dr Geethanjana
Mendis told the Daily News last night.
The three-member panel of inquiry comprises Chairman of the National
Sports Council and Consultant Surgeon Dr Maiya Gunasekera, Kelaniya
University Professor of Medicine Prof Arjuna Mendis, and Colombo
University Professor of Pharmacology Professor Rohini Fernandopulle.
The inquiry that was conducted yesterday morning was a fact finding
mission to determine what has happened and we will be finishing it
within a fortnight. Meanwhile twenty one schoolboy rugby players from
both Colombo and Kandy are also being tested whether they have taken
banned substances, according to Dr Mendis.
The Colombo schools are Royal, S Thomas’ St Peter’s, Ananda, Nalanda,
Thurstan and Isipathana while the Kandy schools are: Trinity, St
Anthony’s, Dharmaraja, Kingswood and Vidyartha.