Sri Lanka Army Rugby player suffers heart attack during training

Collapses during training


One of Sri Lanka Army’s front row players has reportedly passed away this morning after being admitted to hospital, having suffered a heart attack during training.

33-year-old Gayan Shanika of the Gajaba Regiment has been training with the side when he complained of a chest pain and collapsed to the ground. Following hospitalization, he was pronounced dead.

An official linked to the Army rugby team confirmed that the death was not due to Covid-19, following results of a PCR test.

The 33-year-old individual, a product of Veluwana College has been a part of the Army rugby team for a considerable stint. He also represented the side as a front-row player during the 2017/18 & 2018/19 seasons in the Dialog Rugby League.

Together with the rugby community, ThePapare mourns the death of Gayan.

May his soul rest in peace.