Former Dharmaraja rugger player and cricketer Mahes Weerasinghe was selected President of Kandy Sports Club – Sri Lanka’s most successful rugby club over the past two and a half decades – at the Annual General Meeting held a few days back.
Weerasinghe takes over from Nihal Ratwatte who resigned at the end of the rugby season. Earlier, the late Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte had occupied that position for nearly 20 years.
It wouldbe true say that there has been an infusion of new blood to the committee. Harin Fernando comes in as a Trustee. Sadly, Leslie de Soysa, who held various posts from Vice President to Secretary in a career spanning 40 years, has called it a day. NB. (Incidentally, Leslie de Soysa is our Indika's father. He is now 80 years old.)
Sujeeva Liyanage, affable and efficient, is the new Secretary. Well-known rugby players Fazil Marija, Sean Wijesinghe and Asoka Jayasena have been brought into the new committee in a welcome move.
The new President, Mahes Weerasinghe, has held various posts in the club over the last 17 years. He represented the Rajans at rugger under Supun Thalagoda and C. S. Ekanayake, before captaining in his final season. He was a member of Janaka Mendis’ victorious cricket team in 1981. He also played the following year when the late Aruna Ekanayake led the team.
Richard Dharmapala, the former Science College player, presently one of the best back division players in the country, will wear the captain’s arm band in 2018/19.
Malik Samarawickrema continues as Patron. He may have onerous duties of State, and he may be negotiating Trade Pacts etc in the Western world. Yet, when Kandy SC match comes round, you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be at the venue nice and early.
2018/19 committee of Kandy SC:
Patron – Malik Samarawickrema, Trustees – Harin Fernando, Ranjith Page, Udaya Balasuriya, President – Mahes Weerasinghe, Vice Presidents – Sanjeeva Tennekoon, Lasantha Wijesuriya, Secretary - Sujeeva Liyamage, Treasurer – H. Lafir. Committee Members: Sarath Perera, Channa Jayatilleka, Dr. J. Welikala, Anuruddha Ranasinghe, Upali Silva, M. Rasheed, Asoka Jayasena, Arafath Abdeen, Sean Wijesinghe, Fazil Marija, Milroy Mendis and Janaka Pathirana.