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Sri Lankan MP agrees to support Australian Football

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Sri Lankan English-language newspaper The Daily Mirror is reporting that a group of AFL officials recently met with the country's Minister of Internal Trade & Cooperatives, Mr Johsnton Fernando. The meeting, which was arranged by Manel Dharmakeerthie, discussed how best to promote Australian Football in Sri Lanka.

Dharmakeerthie is known in South Asia for his involvement with the Chinese sport of Wushu. He is now working closely with Milton Amarasinghe, a former Director General of Sports, to develop Australian Football in Sri Lanka. Their first aim is a tournament to be held in 2011. Fernando was supportive of their plans, and has agreed to offer, "his fullest support to develop footy (in Sri Lanka)."

Several current and former AFL players were also present at the meeting, including the AFL's new International Ambassador, Brett Kirk. The players are in Sri Lanka to learn more about that country's indigenous Vadda people and their place in Sri Lankan society, in an attempt to assist Australia's own indigenous communities upon their return.

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Sri Lankan MP agrees to support Australian Football
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, October 18 2010 @ 01:01 PM CST

Perhaps Ranga Edirickrama might one day be able to captain a Sri Lankan 'World Cup' side.

Sri Lankan MP agrees to support Australian Football
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Monday, October 18 2010 @ 01:10 PM CST

He has been struggling with injury and to break through at the Cats, and that can come next year. Seems like he could have been good (even if not a big name) for them to have taken on this trip?

Sri Lankan MP agrees to support Australian Football
Authored by: Ash Nugent on Monday, October 18 2010 @ 08:01 PM CST

I'm expecting him to be picked up by GWS. It was almost unfortunate that he was selected by Geelong; they were at their peak and it would have been very difficult for anyone let alone a new player to break into the side.

Sri Lankan MP agrees to support Australian Football
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Tuesday, October 19 2010 @ 01:47 PM CST

Yeah - like many, I was following his progress and was kinda disappointed when he went to Geelong.

But, if he can make it, the exposure to that successful environment might be a benefit.

For now, hopefully he stays in the system and has an injury free run.