“The mixing of politics and sports is very unfortunate,” Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said on Tuesday.
His statement followed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking for the exclusion of Sri Lankan players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be played in Chennai.
“We are concerned about mixing of politics and sports: now that is something very unfortunate. It should not happen i
n our region. Our concern is with regard to Sri Lankans visiting India including sportspersons and their security. O
ur cricketers are precious and their security is most important,” Mr. Kariyawasam told CNN-IBN news channel.
The IPL Governing Council on Tuesday decided to keep Sri Lankan cricketers out of Chennai in view of the opposition from Ms. Jayalalithaa. This decision will make Sri Lankan players skip the matches to be held in Chennai in view of the security concerns in Tamil Nadu over the atrocities carried out against ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka during the war against Tamil Tigers that ended in May 2009.