Waidyatilleka Asia's top ITO
Remember the official who disqualified the World Champion Athlete Jon
Drummond of the United States in 100 metres at the 2003 World
Championships in Paris, our own P. H. D. Waidyatilaka who officiated as
the International Technical Official has brought honour to the country.
Waidyatilaka has topped the list in Asia at the recently held
examination conducted by the IAAF to appoint the panel of International
Technical Officials for the period of 2006-2009.
Waidyatilaka the only Sri Lankan to qualify as an IAAF Lecturer and
an International Technical Official is a happy man and he said that his
main aim is to continue to be in this position and do more work and
become the best in ranking in the overall list of ITOs in the world.
He has come first in Asia in the examination held in 2001 in
Singapore. He achieved success in 1997 also reaching the top position in
Asia. Waidyatilaka came first in Asia in the IAAF Level Lecturers course
held in Jakarta.
This time 21 candidates faced the written and oral examination which
included the five sitting International Technical Officials. Only
Waidyatilaka amongst the present set of ITOs and one more from the rest
qualified from Asia.
He has officiated in international meets since 1991-Asian
Championships (thrice), Commonwealth Games, World Athletic
Championships, World Masters Athletic Championships (four times)
Afro-Asian Games, IAAF World Youth Championships SEA Games. Waidyatilaka
who had an illustrious career at Richmond College Galle and later at
Nalanda College and University of Ceylon is a famed hurdler who has
excelled at Public Schools and at the University and at the National
Waidyatilaka has conducted IAAF Level I Course in Kathmandu, Nepal in
1999 and conducted IAAF Lecturer's Course in RDC, Jakarta 2002. Last
year October in Colombo he conducted IAAF Level I Course for senior
technical officials and 13 out of 19 passed the examination after a five
Waidyatilaka, Vice president Athletic Association of Sri Lanka and as
Chairman Technical Committee has done a tremdous service for the uplift
of the quality of Technical Officials in Sri Lanka stream lined the
examination and grading system of Technical Officials in the year 2000
and has so far produced 1000 qualified officials. He also conducts IAAF
Level I courses regularly.
Waidyatilaka holds several key positions in the field of athletics.
In addition to being a vice president of the AASL since 1994 (except for
terms) he is also the President of Sri Lanka Masters Athletics
(Veterans) President Athletic Technical Officials Association of Sri
Lanka, Member Technical Committee Asian Athletics Association, Chairman
Technical Committee Asian Masters Athletics, Member Stadia Committee
World Masters Athletics.
He is also the International Technical Official of World Masters
Athletics and byession he is a Chartered Civil Engineer.