SL prez offers spiritual healer help to Becks

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president has offered the services of his spiritual healer and personal physician to help injured footballer David Beckham get back on the field within three days.

Eliyantha Lindsay White, 37, President Mahinda Rajapakse’s personal physician, said that the former England captain had been invited for treatment involving “faith and ayurveda.” An official at the president’s office said it had sent an invitation to Beckham to visit the island for traditional treatment after a string of Indian sports stars claimed they were helped by White. “I am ready to treat him,” White said. “His condition can be easily treated and within three days he will be able to go back to playing.” Doctors have ruled out Beckham playing for several months after the player ruptured his Achilles tendon this month.

“His case is simple. I can treat him. He can play again,” said White, who claims he has special “powers” that he uses, blended with traditional ayurvedic treatment practised in Sri Lanka and neighbouring India. Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar hit a record double century against South Africa last month and publicly thanked Rajapakse for giving him the services of White to treat him for a knee injury.

White has since treated three more Indian cricket players, including opening batsman Gautam Gambhir and left-arm bowler Ashish Nehra who travelled to Colombo last week for treatment by White.

White, who says he has had “special powers” since the age of 12, studied traditional medicine. He then began treating thousands of patients using medicinal herbs from India.