Death trap at Kandy shopping mall
Rugby star Bisthamin in critical condition after fall

The Kandy Sports Club and Sri Lanka third-row-forward Imran Bisthamin sustained serious head and spinal injuries as he fell from an upper floor of the George. R. De Silva Shopping Complex in the Kandy town on Saturday night.

Bisthamin had visited the complex to have dinner and while walking in an unprotected area he had fallen on to a concrete slab about ten feet below, eyewitnesses said

He was rushed to the Kandy General Hospital where doctors performed an emergency operation lasting over five hours to save his life.

He is currently in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit. Hospital sources said he was not out of danger until last evening.

Imran Bisthamin, a tall and well-built forward started his rugby career at St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota, playing in all age groups and captaining the school in his final year as number-eight. After leaving school, he played for Kandy Sports Club as a flanker.

He excelled in the line outs and was also an excellent player in the loose, punching holes in the opponents’ defence.

The exclusion of Bistahmin from the National rugby team ahead of the Asian Five Nations Rugby Championship concluded last week in Taiwan created a controversy with the second set of selectors led by Rohan Abeykoon protesting against the move by the Minister of Sports.

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