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Dr zurfick-a unique sports personality

He was a trail blazer in many sports who came face to face with the boxing great Mohamed Ali, the royalty of Japan and many other distinguished personalities around the globe. He also defied death in Japan. I had the privilege of interviewing Dr M.G.M.S. Zurfick a sporting ambassador to our country and a successful businessman. It would of be ideal if he gets a posting as an ambasodor to U.A.E and that he would relish.

His credentials in a nutshell are as follows:

Sports All India & Sri Lanka Motor Racing Champion 1967 to 1970 He was the most popular Sportsman -1969 Member of the World Boxing Council Past President Wrestling Federation of Sri Lanka Power Lifting Federation of Sri Lanka Asian Boxing Council Asian Power lifting Federation Past Vice President Sri Lanka Archery association Ace Athletic Club Director Media & Promotion Sri Lanka billiards and Snooker Association

Wesley and Zahira Colleges

He started his wrestling career at Zahira College and he developed to become a top class wrestler. Sparring was done for a bout 2 to 3 hours abd to build his strength he use to drink a glass of milk mixed with crushed almonds which was wonderful.He used to about150 dips within 10 minutes, he stated that to become a champion wrestler it was difficult unless you do the right kind of training day in day out. He represented Sri Lanka in Bantam weight category in 1960 in the Governors Cup against All India, Henry Victor Perera captained his team. After showing his colours as a top class wrestler he was elected as The President of The Wrestling association of Sri Lanka in 1990.he took a team of Sri Lankan Wrestlers to the The World Wrestling Championships in Japan.

During that visit he met Prince of the Japanese Royal family who was also the President of the Japanese Wrestling Association. Whilst in conversation with the Prince he happened to mention about his strong connections he has with Japan specially with the gem trade. The Japanese prince was so impressed that he invited Dr Zurick to his palace because his wife was interested in Gems.

As the president of the wrestling federation he attended all the events that were staged around the world and he was not shy to speak and find out what was going on.He was keen not only in Wrestling he use to attend Boxing, swimming and Athletics major events and he could afford to go without sponsors.

The young Sultan of Malaysia was a keen formula 1 racing enthusiast and Dr Zurfick went to meet him and he saw his fantastic collection of brand new cars and bikes.He ater became the King of Malaysia.

He had the courage to take the second largest stone a star sapphire to Japan for exhibiting purposes and that opened the gateway to Japan for our gems and the good doctor was the pioneer.

Dr Zurfick lamented that he had a narrow escape been killed in Japan by the gem mafia of Japan and nobody came to help him including the Sri Lankan embassy.

He had an interest in racing, one day while going through a bike magazine he was fascinated by the Yamaha mo bike he saw and he wrote to them and found out that their agency was run by another and they were not happy about them as a result the Doctor got the agncy and they sent him a special Yamaha and he had to pay for it. That bike was so powerfull 250 cc he found it difficult to handle hwever he got used to it and entered the Mahagastota climb and won the race.

He also broke the record which stood for decades and then it was broken by Cedrick Martenstyn.When he got down to Colombo late Zacky Dean invited him to go to Bombay to race.

He was doing trial runs around Independence Square to get use to the bike. He took a bend at high speed and he fell into a ditch and his leg was burnt and there was a fracture in his foot.

After the accident once he recovered he started scooter racing and became the scooter champion of Sri Lanka. In one meet he won races in 3 catogories, scooter, 250 and 350 cc which was a unique achievement.The last race was 350cc bikes and he had a ding dong battle with Bhathiya Mirando and Dr Zurfick pipped him at the post.It was a great achievement by the Doctor. To be continued


 

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