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Personal tragedy forces veteran TT official to move out

5 June, 2021
Manzil Muthalib
Manzil Muthalib

A long-serving official in the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka (TTASL) Manzil Muthalib has decided to take a hiatus from the sport at the national level after suffering a personal tragedy about two months ago.

A former vice president of the TTASL who contributed to the upliftment of the sport as head of coaching and development, his association with the sport as a player, manager, selector and administrator goes back to more than two decades.

A table tennis prodigy from St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota having represented Sri Lanka at the age of 16, Manzil was instrumental in promoting the sport in the North and East during the decade 2005 to 2015.

The youngest to win the coveted Fr Rosati memorial award in 1989 for bringing credit to the school through studies and sports after representing Sri Lanka at the Asian Table Tennis Championship in Japan, Manzil also served as manager, selector and was a top administrator of the sport for several years.

“Very unfortunately I faced an unexpected situation about two months ago when I lost my beloved wife aged 42 years after a sudden illness. This took me backward in all spheres of my life including sports. I have four sons, the eldest of whom Anan is doing his higher studies. My other three sons – Abdullah, Attaab and Ammaar - are at Trinity College, Kandy. With my additional responsibilities to the family, I am compelled to devote more time to my children. This situation has forced me to avoid taking up responsible positions and with regret I have declined to take part in the TTASL,” said Manzil.

Member of the Kandy Municipal Council since 2018/19 and head of their Sports Section, Manzil may continue to serve the Central Province Table Tennis Association.