The Sri Lanka rugby union is the latest to fall under the watchful eye of the International Rugby Board, as the Rugby Universe’s head organization stripped away full nation member status and relegated them to the minors… I mean, associate level status until April 11.
According to the IRB:
The decision, taken by the IRB Council after a comprehensive review of the membership status of the SLRFU, follows ongoing concerns regarding the governance and management of the Union and its ability to meet IRB requirements to hold an Annual General Meeting and elections in accordance with its constitution by January 31, 2011.
So it looks like something similar to the Fijian rugby problem, but with a team that is much lower profile. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the two nations.