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Sri Lankan Team Manager Accused of Fabricating BWF News Release

The Sri Lankan badminton fraternity has been rocked by allegations that a senior official tampered with a news release from world governing body Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Professor Ranjit Silva, manager of the Sri Lankan team at last year's Asian Junior Championships in Vietnam, is being accused of fabricating a news release on January 2, 2008.

The release mentions two Sri Lankan players who had failed to be at the venue because of negligence, with the result being that they gave walkovers to their opponents. BWF, according to the Sri Lankan news reports, had denied issuing the release.

The alleged doctored release stated: "The above unprecedented walkovers disgracing the entire country were displayed on the internet by the world body and were the result of poor organisation by Mr. Amanda Weerasinghe, President, Sri Lanka Badminton Association who insisted on taking charge of the National Junior Development Committee himself and thus the responsibility of sending the national junior team as entered by the SLBA for the Junior World Badminton Championships held in New Zealand in October/November 2007. The Badminton World Federation takes a serious view of such lack of respect for the organisers."

Weerasinghe is reportedly demanding Rs10 million (US$93,000) in damages from Silva, a vice president of the SLBA whose own image and reputation has been negatively affected by the scandal.

Silva is one of the signatories to a letter sent to the country's sports minister to sack the current office bearers and form an interim committee.

As for the fabricated news release, it had already been circulated among the badminton community? and prompted Weerasinghe to investigate the incident himself.

The referee's report indicated that three players and Silva went for breakfast and missed the official transport to the tournament venue. They decided to take a taxi but afterwards returned to the hotel because the taxi driver had allegedly got lost. The stadium is 10 minutes from the hotel.

The referee, also Sri Lankan, found this excuse unacceptable. The referee added that the players and official could have waited for the next official transport bus to take them to the venue.

Meanwhile, Weerasinghe's letter of demand stated that he is a leading and well known entrepreneur involved in many different business activities and as a person committed to the up-liftment of badminton in Sri Lanka.

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