Sri Lankan Boxing Goes International with India Training Program


A group of Sri Lankan boxing coaches left for Patiala, India, Wednesday to take part in an exclusive training program led by renowned boxing coaches. The event, happening from November 18 to 25, will bring together coaches from different Asian countries at the Nethaji Subhash National Sports Institute.

Before their journey, the Sri Lankan coaches underwent a tough 17-session for seven days online training program to get ready for the intensive course in India. Dian Gomes, the President of the Amateur Boxing Association of Sri Lanka, Vice President Wasantha Kumara, and the Sri Lanka Boxing Coaches Commission carefully selected these 11 coaches.

In boxing history, both Sri Lanka and India had similar standards. However, the current scenario shows India dominating the global Women’s Boxing Rankings, holding the top three positions. The collaboration between India and Sri Lanka is growing stronger, with both countries actively sharing knowledge to boost the sport in the region.

Jamitha Gayan, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Boxing Association, expressed confidence in the initiative, saying, “In Sri Lanka, we usually organize tournaments, but this year is different. We plan to take part in an international tournament in Malaysia this December. Our aim is to send a well-prepared team, equipped with the insights gained from this training.”

This initiative not only enhances the skills of the coaches but also signifies India’s support for collaboration in the field of boxing.

The Sri Lankan boxing coaches selected for this pivotal training opportunity include: KACN Alexander (St Aloysius Vidyalaya Ratnapura), TBJG Bandara (St Sylvester’s College Kandy), A Weerasuriya (Bandarawela Central College), N Dasun Priyantha (Peradeniya Central College), M Nixon Rubaraj (Vavuniay District BA), Indunil Kodduruarachchi (Sunandopananda Vidyalaya Moratuwa), Ashan Polwatte (Royal College Nivithigala), Chathuranga Sujith (Ekiriya Vidyalaya), MM Nisad Bandara (Pebotuwa Vidyalaya), MMJ Muwath (Azhar College Akurana), Ms Niranjala Senanayake (Great Strength Academy).

The 11-member Sri Lankan boxing coaching team posed at the Bandaranaike International Airport before their departure on Wednesday night


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