Former Sri Lanka Captain Roshan Mahanama took a swipe at a prominent politician in the country and questioned the latter's wisdom in deeming that most of the players in the current national team were unfit.
Mahanama who graced the prize giving (Colours Night) ceremony of Gateway College, Colombo held last Sunday in return questioned as to how many politicians were fit enough to be in the current Parliament.
"I am pleased to see the organizers of this event had refrained from inviting politicians for this event," the former ICC Match Referee said at the outset of his speech.
"Politicians of our generation does not command any respect and I say this not with any disrespect to anyone with connections to politicians who may be in attendance here. A politician had recently said that fellow cricketers were not fit enough. But, I thought to myself, looked back and reflected as to how many politicians were fit enough to be in Parliament."
Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera had publicly criticized the national team insisting that many players were too fat following their failure to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals last month.
The 51-year-old former star batsman who retired from his ICC post in 2015 advised students at Gateway College to continue to be winners in their respective fields as the modern world does not reward quitters.
He asserted that nothing would come easy in life and to strive for excellence through perseverance, discipline, hard work and honesty. "Sport teaches team ethics and a lot of good things. It also teaches you how to accept both defeat and victory in equal measure."
Mahanama also called on Gateway students to strike a balance in both sports and studies instead of allowing one to overlap the other and seek excellence through both fields.
He noted that modern-day coaches do not leave any good examples for their charges to follow with their win at any cost attitude and advised them to rethink such policies.
"Winning and losing is part of sport. It's your duty to guide these sportsmen and women to achieve their goals. It's all about how you play the game and not whether you win or lose."
Sources : ceylontoday
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