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Sports news from Kandy

Malik the Patron

There has been a change at the AGM of Kandy SC where ‘Mr Rugby’ Malik Samarawickrema has been brought in as patron replacing Dharmasiri Madugalle.

Madugalle, the oldest living Kandy Sports Club rugby player and captain, was earlier Trustee on two occasions. His name was given by the Kandy SC office staff to the media before the AGM and after the AGM a different name had come to light.

This time there is a newcomer to the Committee as one of the Trustees. He is former St. Joseph’s College player Harin Fernando a sports loving Minister of Digital Infrastructure.

Ranjith Page of Cargills Food City fame is also one of the Trustees. He too has given a big hand through sponsorships.

No sports but liquor, food and rooms

Concerns have been raised over a certain “sports club” in the vicinity of the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy which does not indulge in sports but is active when it comes to liquor, food and room rentals.

A liquor licence can be obtained for a less amount when registered under a sports club.

Weerasinghe to help footballers

SA Weerasinghe a former top class footballer and coach who gave a big hand for Kandy and Sri Lanka football as a player and coach, is making arrangements to conduct free football classes for youngsters.

He started his football with Dharmaraja College and later played for Sunrise, Red Diamond SC, Kandy District, Army, Defence Services and the Sri Lanka President’s team.

He is also a qualified coach and sure to give his best for the youngsters.

Kandy Youth back?

Kandy Youth SC which was formed in 1985 is contemplating a comeback. This club was formed by a few keen promoters like HB Uduwella, JD Shaw Willson and H. Marikar while the main man behind everything was none other than Malcom Perera. Then Marikar invited the then SSP Kandy Division of that time BM Liyanage to take over the presidency. They introduced rugby and played as Kandy Youth Sports Club in the inter club B Division and later in the A Division. Nalaka Weerakoddy started his club rugby at Kandy Youth.

Kapila team Manager

Former Isipathana, CH and FC, CR and FC, Kandy Sports Club and Sri Lanka rugby player Dilhan Kapila Silva, will continue as the team manager of Kandy Sports Club. In 2000 when Kandy SC celebrated their 125th year, he joined the Nittawela club and played as a forward till 2008. From 2009 to-date he is the rugby manager of the champion Kandy SC team.

Mohan Ganapathy no more

Trinity College rugby player Mohan Ganapathy passed away last week. He will be remembered for his contributions to rugby and was a planter.

Some of his team-mates were Y.S. Ping, Athula Unantenne, Hanzil Samad, S.B. Herath, M. Ratnakuamr, C.Y. Ching, Jeferry Yu, L. Bandaranayke, W.L.A. Balasuriya, J. Ratwatte, A. Pathirane and G. Assan to name a few. At club level he played for Dickoya MCC. His son Rajeev played for Trinity College in 1998 and 1999 and later for Havelocks. He is survived by wife Usha, son Rajeev daughter Karthiga and grandchild Rahul.