Undisputed and almost invincible rugby champions Kandy SC embarks on a new venture when they tie up with well-known Boxing promoter Dion Gomes to put up a permanent boxing ring in a part of the well-used gymnasium at Nittawela.
At a discussion held in the club house on Friday, Gomes, who, it could be said is the man behind the ring sport in Sri Lanka, said his establishment is happy to be associated with another sport. He feels it is a win-win situation in which boxers in Kandy will have a place to train and the rugger players will benefit from the upgrading of the gymnasium.
It must be mentioned that boxers with a Kandy background constitute the majority of Sri Lankan teams that feature at International level. The squad for the forthcoming commonwealth games is a case in point.
The proposed boxing ring and work connected with it will start soon, and the authorities are hopeful that everything will be ready in a month. There is even talk of a Colombo - Kandy Boxing meet at Nittawela in the not too distant future.
Dion Gomes and Rohan Daulagala (M.A.S. Holdings) discussed matters with their Kandy SC counterparts Dr Sarath Kapuwatte (President) Leslie de Soysa (Secretary) and Nihal Ratwatte (ground secretary). The playing segment was represented by Sean Wijesinghe, Fazil Marija, Mohamed Sheriff and coach Johann Taylor.