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Published on - 9/17/2004

Army Tae-kwondo players off to Germany

Twelve Tae-kwondo players from the Army are to compete at the 16th Tae- kwondo tournament scheduled between 04-11 October 2004 in Germany, announced the Army Tae-kwondo Committee before those players met the acting Commander of the Army, Major General A. M.C. W. B Seneviratne recently to receive his blessings for their challenge.

In 2003, the Army team for the first time in Sri Lanka brought credit to their motherland winning a Bronze medal at the International Tae-kwondo Meet held in Croatia. In addition, the trophy for the Encouragement Award was also won by this team, an achievement that has not been achieved hitherto by any team in the country.

Between the years 2001-2004, the Army team has won seven Gold Medals, four Silver Medals and three Bronze Medals in total during National Championship Meets and also during several other tournaments in Pakistan, Malaysia and South Korea.

The Germany-bound team, led by team Manager, Brigadier K. S. Fernando includes Major H. R. J. H.Senanayake (Administrative Officer), Master Kee Soo Lee (International jurist),Warrant Officer II H. H. Prematilake (Trainer), Staff Sergeant M. Ranjith, Corporal R. B. N Rathnayake, Corporal H. M. G. D. K Herath, Corporal H. J. S Hewavitharana, Lance Corporal G. G. J. S Kumara, Lance Corporal S. H. D Chaminda Kumara, Lance Corporal B.J. P Gomes and Lance Corporal R. G. Kumari Rasnegge.

During their meeting at the board room at Army Headquarters, they were introduced to the acting Commander Major General Seneviratne by Brigadier K. S. Fernando where a token memento was presented to the acting Commander by Korean officials to mark the event. Director General, General Staff Major General D. S. K Wijesooriya, Military Secretary Major General K. B. Egodawele, Army Sports Officer Colonel S. M. A. W. B Padeniya and two more Korean officials attended the occasion.