World Rugby confirmed that they have commenced investigations into the wildly criticized incident, where its own accredited Educator and Trainer Sanath Martis was captured on video, assaulting a student of St. Peter’s College that he coaches in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Responding to Colombo Telegraph’s query, World Rugby’s Head of Communications Dominic Rumble replied from its headquarters in Dublin Ireland saying “You will appreciate that we are unable to comment whilst a disciplinary process is ongoing.”
Earlier commentators on social media both locally and globally vociferously condemned St. Peter’s College rugby coach Sanath Martis’ sadistic behaviour, when he was captured on video, slapping one of his student rugby kids violently.
This was after the kid was called off the playing field for an infringement he had committed during a friendly encounter that was played between his school St. Peter’s and D.S. Senanayake College.
The video footage was captured by a spectator who had come to the venue to witness the game.
Whilst venting their frustration on social media, scores of several angry mothers also charged that the assaulter and Coach Martis be reprimanded for his actions and banned from coaching children in the future.
A lady named Tina Edward Gunawardhana, whose Facebook profile claims her to be a media personality wrote, “If it was my child that man will be wearing his gonads as ear rings”.
Meanwhile whilst World Rugby commenced its investigation into the incident, St. Peter’s College continues to expose its school rugby kids in its quest of chasing silverware and more so glory, during this rugby season.
This is whilst continuing to leave its own kids exposed at the mercy of its now widely witnessed child assaulter and Coach Sanath Martis.
A reliable source from within the Peterite Rugby Foundation speaking on condition of anonymity said “The Peterite School authorities have already obtained a signed letter from the parents of the assaulted rugby kid stating that they will not be pressing charges against the coach and school. This is the school’s way of protecting themselves and the coach from any legal prosecution. The student victim and his brother were poached by St. Peter’s from a lesser known school. The parents wanting the best for their kids would do anything the school and Coach Sanath Martis would want them to do. This is pure intimidation and tactics used by our Father Rector to cover this incident up and hide his own sins under his pure white cassock. However the stain of that sin will still remain across the student rugby victim’s face if no appropriate action is taken.”
Strangely till to date the current Yahapalanaya led Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, has continued to remain mute despite this incident wildly hitting Sri Lanka and global audiences.
Meanwhile an Educational expert who had seen the video footage and read through most of the comments on social media speaking to Colombo Telegraph on condition of anonymity confirmed that this incident has been brought to the attention of the National Child Protection Authority in Sri Lanka.
He also went onto say “I have nothing but pure condemnation for this sadistic act committed by this so-called Coach Sanath Martis on this boy.” (By Janaka Ranaweera)