Amidst the now scandalous student rugby kid assault by World Rugby's accredited and suspended Coach Sanath Martis, questions have now being raised as to who videoed the assault on camera and leaked it out on social media?
The assault which soon went viral globally had World Rugby taking immediate action to have their accredited rugby Educator and Trainer suspended from all forms of the game, until a formal inquiry is completed by Sri Lanka Rugby.
The inquiry is scheduled to be held on the 25th of February 2019 and is to be headed by Lawyer Anura Jayasekara.
Coach Martis' assault of the student rugby kid was caught on video during a friendly rugby game played between St.Peter's College and D.S. Senanayake College.
However who was it who filmed this incident and uploaded it on social media?
Reliable sources confirmed that it was Nagasena Sports & Entertainment that was entrusted by St.Peter's College to record the game.
Nagasena a former MTV cameraman who branched out to start his own business was a person whose services Coach Sanath Martis used to acquire during the days he coached Royal College. It was Coach Martis who himself helped Nagasena by promoting his services to other sport coaches too.
An old boy from St.Peter's College who contacted Lanka News Web and did not wish to be named had this to say. “As the hosts of this game St.Peter's requested a known sports cameraman named Nagasena to record the game for reviewing and training purposes. We paid him handsomely too for his services. However what now has clearly being done is that 19 seconds of this entire footage has been cropped from the original footage filmed by Nagasena and then circulated. This was totally unethical what Nagasena and his filming unit did, as he is the one who filmed the practice game. Incidentally Nagasena has a close relative who is associated with Royal College rugby at present and it is yet to be established if Nagasena shared this video footage of the game with his relative. Another important question is as to why this footage filmed almost a month ago was released on social media barely a few days away leading up to the all-important A Division trophy deciding rugby game that was played between Kandy SC and Havelocks SC, the club that Martis has coached this season with great success? "
“However why only 19 seconds was cropped from the entire footage? Why wasn't it cropped from a further 10 seconds seconds earlier. If the video was cropped from that stage onward then even the assaulted rugby kid kicking his fallen opponent on the ground could have been witnessed too. Perhaps many who commented on social media would have had a different perception if they had witnessed the 30 seconds of the footage and as to what really drove Coach Martis to instantly discipline the boy, albeit using an archaic method even though in full public view.It is also apparent that this particular 19 seconds of the video has been captured on another device, perhaps by another mobile phone off a television screen prior to it being circulated. These 19 seconds is identical to the original footage that was filmed by Nagasena. " he concluded by saying.
Ultimately did Nagasena do a good deed in an unethical manner or did he try to help a right royal relative that ultimately went horribly wrong?
Besides St.Peter's college the rightful owner of the footage, who else did Nagasena share the original video footage that he had in his possession?
St.Peter's College will now start off their rugby season on the 28th of February 2019 against S.Thomas' College minus their Coach Sanath Martis.