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Yesterday Ramith Rambukwella of the Sri Lanka Cricket A Team (just below national) tried, for a good few minutes, to open the emergency door on a British Airways flight, thinking it was the bathroom. According to managers he was confused by the dim light. And being completely wasted. Young Rambukwella is also Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s son. The younger Rambukwella was previously in the news in 2008 while at Royal College, that time for assaulting a student and breaking into the school to destroy relevant files. At the time his dad tried to pressure the principal to let his son off easy.
Ministerial brats are now pervading sports from cricket to rugby, with the President’s own son Rohitha slapping a referee in the latter. While the Presidential kids are generally much better behaved, there’s a whole class of sons of privilege that act like entitled hooligans. So long as they can behave they have just as much right to play sports as anyone else, but when local immunity runs up against international facing things like sports, the country looks ridiculous.
Getting wasted on a plane is bad in itself, but getting wasted while representing your country in sport is reprehensible. Trying to open the plane door at 35,000 feet (which is impossible) and thinking that it was the bathroom (which is highly implausible) is something else altogether.