February 20, 2011 / 2:14 PM / in 7 years

Sri Lanka relaxes ban on banners, posters at grounds

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka officials on Sunday relaxed an earlier ban on spectators carrying banners and posters in to World Cup playing venues, police said.

Sri Lanka, co-host of the World Cup with Bangladesh and India, is hosting 12 matches including the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

“We have relaxed the ban on posters and banners,” police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told Reuters. “They can also carry pen and papers but glass bottles and drums are still banned.”

The police said the decision was taken after requests from the public as thousands of spectators flocked into Sri Lanka’s newest international venue in Hambantota to support the home team playing against Canada.

Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya on Friday said the police had banned spectators from carrying defamatory banners, posters, glass bottles and also drums in to World Cup playing venues.

Sri Lanka scored 332 runs for seven wickets in their 50 overs.

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