Bisthamin still in a critical condition
Crack Kandy SC number night Imran Bisthamin who suffered a career
threatening head injury last Saturday (Nov. 22) in Kandy is still
struggling to regain his consciousness following his crash from a high-storeyed
building, according to former Sri Lanka and Kandy SC rugby captain
Jayasinghe when contacted by ‘Sunday Observer’, said that doctors
were constantly monitoring the condition of the outstanding third-row
forward with no serious damage being done to his spine after the fall.
Jayasinghe who had visited the former St. Anthony’s College rugby
skipper at the Kandy General Hospital since his accident noted that
doctors had declared it was too early to comment on whether any damage
had been caused to the player’s brains and that an initial surgery
performed on the number eight’s head had been successful.
The ex-Sri Lanka, Kandy SC and Havelocks SC winger stated that by and
by the dynamic loose forward should recover from his injury which he
termed as ‘terrible’ the void he could create from a perspective of Sri
Lanka rugby if he unable to stride onto a rugby field in future as a
result of his accident.
Several past Sri Lanka rugby players earlier this week expressed
their utter shock and disbelief at the injury suffered by Imran
Bisthamin noting that if the gifted back-row forward were to end his
blossoming rugby career at this stage it would leave a huge vacuum in
the sphere of Sri Lanka rugby.
Imran Bisthamin burst onto the domestic rugby circuit as a precocious
talent for his alma-mater (SACK) initially excelling as a three-quarter
before deciding on becoming a forward on the advice of his then school
coach and well-known referee Priyantha Gunarathne.
Since becoming a utility forward the athletic youngster was yet to
look back making an instant impact for both club and country, when fate
cruelly intervened to curtail his impressive sporting career.
Bisthamin led his school first XV rugby team in 2004 before being
entrusted with the reins of the Central Province Schools team whereby he
caught the attention of Kandy SC the club that he was to first represent
For the last three seasons he was instrumental in playing a key role
in the forward pack of Kandy SC as the Nittawela based club retained the
major domestic club titles with a clean slate.