Spectators were left shocked when Chief Guest and Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar A.S.P. Liyanage introduced Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons Yoshitha and Rohitha as ‘honourable’ at the introduction of CH & FC’s team prior to their game against the Doha Rugby Football Club in Doha yesterday.Due to the current blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates,. Egypt and Bahrain, the Doha Rugby Football Club is inviting overseas teams to play friendly rugby encounters in Doha.
Many Sri Lankan expatriates who thronged the Doha RFC grounds were left miffed by Ambassador Liyanage’s introduction of the CH and FC rugby team and especially the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons. This is despite the visiting CH & FC rugby club pulling off a remarkable victory after trailing at half time.
Spectators were later heard taunting ‘Honorable Porter’ when Ambassador Liyanage handed over the winner’s trophy to Yoshitha Rajapaksa. Yoshitha Rajapaksa currently has several criminal charges heard against him in several courts in Sri Lanka.
Two days ago the Sri Lankan Ambassador ASP Liyanage was exposed by Colombo Telegraph when he greeted the CH and FC rugby team on their arrival, and was seen carrying the Rajapaksa sons’ bags and having them chauffeur driven to the Mercure Grande Hotel while the rest of the team had to travel in the team bus.
While Ambassador ASP Liyanage was seen carrying Rohitha Rajapaksa’s bag, Sri Lanka Embassy official and Minister Rajitha Senaratna’s close associate Ruwan Dananasooriya was pictured pushing a trolley containing Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s bags.
The game itself was a thrilling encounter yesterday, when CH and FC came back from behind, after trailing 8 /12 at half time to record a remarkable victory 17/15 when former Antonian Samuel Maduwantha put over a 20 meter penalty with five minutes to go before the final whistle.