In the outset of the deadly floods, veteran rider Ananda Wedisinghe’s untimely death disheartened us all, framing the month of May to the saddest thus far. Ananda Wedisinghe was hospitalized and on life support for over a month before leaving this world on the 29th of May 2017.
Motorsports enthusiasts rallied in hundreds in memory of one of the country’s finest motorcyclists of all time.
As expected, immediate questions were raised over the future of the Nuwara Eliya road race. The police strongly opposed to the continuation of the race as Wedisinghe’s death was the second in a decade.
“There had been concerns, about the safety of the participants as well as those who come to witness the race over the recent times. We, as the Police, are against it being held, we have gathered evidence from time to time that it is not a suitable event to be held on public roads. We know it’s a long-standing event but the Police opposing alone is not just enough. Now the time has come to reconsider of the future of this event,” said an official. (Sunday Times)
Moreover, a women police constable was seriously injured at the races last year.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Motorcycle Club (SLMC) called for a media briefing in favor of the Nuwara Eliya Road Race.
“There were many comments and criticism on the safety aspects and the legitimacy of the Nuwara Eliya Road Race, which was held on April 23. We have obtained official approval from all the relevant authorities to conduct the race. Those include the approvals from the Sri Lanka Motor Cycle Federation, Sri Lanka Automobile Sports and the Ministry of Sports. We even had the clearance from the Road Development Authority,” said SLMC Spokesperson Senerath Perera.
Under Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, a team of experts are in the process of investigating the unfortunate death of Ananda Wedisinghe. The results may work either way as the future of the event rests on the balance.
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