Sportsmen and women who made the Army proud fetching laurels from both local and overseas tournaments were feted and awarded cash gifts by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Thursday (10) after inviting them to his office at the Army Headquarters.
Private A.W.M.R.A.H Bandara of 5 (v) Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps and Private W.R.S Fonseka of 1 Sri Lanka Engineers, coached by Mr. Shihan Clement De Soyza, representing the Army in the South Asian Junior / Senior Karate Tournament under 61 kg and 55 kg categories recently, won 2 Gold medals and 2 Bronze medals respectively for the first time in the Army history.
Both these Karatekas on the recommendations of the Army Karate Committee, chaired by Major General Nandana Udawatte accordingly received Rs 60,000/= each, in addition to another gift of Rs 70,000/=, awarded to the coach on the same occasion.
At the same time, Lance Corporal V.M Suwaris of Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps who brought home a Bronze medal in the 3rd South Asian Basketball Tournament and his coach, Warrant Officer - II M.S.K Dias of 4 Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, were both awarded cash gifts to the value of Rs 35,000/=.
In the Asian Body Building Championship - 2014 Corporal Y.G Amila of Sri Lanka Army Service Corps and Lance Corporal M.A.D.R Jayasundara of Gemunu Watch who shone bringing a Gold and a Bronze medal were awarded cash gifts to the value of Rs 555,000/= by the Commander during their visit to the Army Headquarters. Their separate coaches, Mr D.N Weerathunga and Warrant Officer - I T.K.U.K Fernando of 2 Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police were also given those cash incentives.
These body builders groomed by the Army Weightlifting and Body Building Committee fetched a Gold medal (60 kg ply weight) and a Bronze medal (55 kg light ply weight), representing the Sri Lanka Army, beating a large number of other competitors.
Private N.K Padmakumara of 1 Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps who took part in the 55th World Military Boxing Championship - 2014 was awarded a cash gift of Rs 30,000/= and his coach, Warrant Officer, S.P.C.S Jayathilaka of 3 Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police was also awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000/= by the Commander of the Army.
During a brief interaction, the Commander opined that more and more incentives could be made available to the field of sports in the future, depending on their dedication and commitment to the specific sports.
Major General Prasad Samarasinghe, Chief of Staff, Brigadier G.J.A.W Galagamage, Director Sports and a few senior officers were present during the meeting.