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Rugby-IRB strips Sri Lanka of full member status

[Reuters, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 09:24 No Comment]

The International Rugby Board has stripped Sri Lanka’s rugby union of full member status after it failed to conduct board elections in accordance with IRB bye laws.

The decision followed ongoing concerns regarding the governance and management of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) after it missed a Jan. 31 deadline for elections in line with its constitution, the IRB said in a statement.

"The SLRFU will now revert to IRB Associate Member status with a further review to be held on April 1, 2011 pending the successful completion of the Union’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) and board elections," the IRB said.

"The SLRFU remains entitled to participate in Asian Rugby Football Union competitions subject to the Regional Association’s rules."

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