Manju calls it a day
Sri Lanka’s best hope for an Olympic medal in 2012 Manjula
Wanniarachchi in a rush of unfolding events yesterday announced his
decision to retire from boxing. Wanniarachchi’s talent was spotted while
he was a 19 year old schoolboy from Vidyartha College, Kandy and while
representing the country during the 1999 SAF Games in Katmandu.
As a result Manju immediately came under the wings of Dian Gomes, who
was working towards a boxing resurgence in Sri Lanka and within a career
span of 11 years he brought in the most number of international medals
in boxing for Sri Lanka.
This includes the Silver Medal at the 2007 Kings Cup in Thailand, the
Bronze Medal at the 2008 Kazakhstan Olympic Trials, where he narrowly
missed the qualifying for the Olympics, and the Silver Medal at the 2010
He was also the unbeaten Sri Lankan Bantamweight Champion for over 10
years. He had an unbeaten run at the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New
Delhi, where he won the Gold Medal defeating Sean McGoldrick of Wales.
However, his medal was stripped by Commonwealth Games Secretariat for
alleged use of prohibited substance, a charge which was strongly
contested by Manju. With his decision to retire, he has also withdrawn
his intention to appeal to the World Anti-Doping Association in