Rizly Illyas, the current President of Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR), resigned from his position in the hopes that his departure will free SLR to operate effectively without interruption.
“I formally resign as President of Sri Lanka in accordance with Asia Rugby’s decision.”
Rugby with immediate effect,” Illyas wrote in a letter to SLR Executive Director Hasan Singhawansa.
“I want to thank you and all of my coworkers at Sri Lanka Rugby for their generosity and assistance. Illyas emphasized, “I am confident that World Rugby and Asia Rugby will continue to support Sri Lanka Rugby.
“We trust and believe the Court will order the Ministry to revoke the suspension on September 6 so that rugby can continue with the SLR Council.”
“I want the court case to be concluded by September 6 or the situation will continue to drag on. This was a decision I made on a personal level to help rugby because I don’t want it to suffer. I will still support the game as I always have, but my letter explains everything,” Illyas continued.
While this was going on, SLR Executive Director Singhawansa declared: “Rizly Illyas has stepped down from the position of SLR President for the game to move forward without political interference and with much respect to the game he represented.”