December 15, 2006 : The CEO of Caltex in Sri Lanka says there must beunity among the premier Rugby Football Clubs and the Rugby Football Union in the country. He took the opportunity to stress on this point at the Caltex Observer Touchdown Rugby Awards 2006 which was held last week.
The awards ceremony was held at a function at North Lawn of hotel Taj Samudra on the 6th December where the best performing Rugby Clubs and Ruggerites were recognised for their performance displayed during the Caltex sponsored rugby season.
Caltex Lubricants Lanka Limited, the sponsor of the Interclub League and knock tournaments since 2000 is contributing tremendously to the game of rugby in Sri Lanka. The CEO of Caltex Kishu Gomes says “For once in the political history of our country, the politicians have set an example to the sports bodies leaving behind petty differences for the sake of the country’s future.” He said that both the clubs and the Union should take an example from this to make a significant difference in their attitudes towards the unity of the sport. Mr. Gomes says “Let us keep Sri Lankan rugby on top and make sure that every decision taken by each and every one of us is aligned to that vision”
Caltex feels that the premier Rugby Football Clubs in the country need to work alongside the union if they are to successfully achieve their objectives set out to further develop the game.
“The time has come to apply business management principles to the game: re-defining the vision and strategy. Formulate an action plan with clearly assigned responsibilities and time lines. Rally people around the common vision and execute the plan with commitment.”
Caltex, a market leader in lubricants have been also commitment towards the development and popularisation of the sport in the provinces. This August, the organization introduced the Ruhunu Rugby Sevens in Galle which encouraged the participation of 16 teams from the south to display and nurture their talents. Subsequent to this tournament Caltex also sponsored the Inter Provincial Tournament where teams from the Central, Southern and Western provinces together with the defense forces competed for the title.
Concluding his speech at the Rugby Awards Ceremony, Mr. Gomes made a humble appeal to all Sri Lankan Rugby lovers “let us unite, look at the future with a appositive frame of mind and dedicate ourselves to supporting the game rather than mere criticism.”