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S.A. Wijewickrema, one of Sri Lanka’s top weightlifters

S.A. Wijewickrema (Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corrs.)
S.A. Wijewickrema (Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corrs.)

S.A. Wijewickrema was one of the best weightlifters in Sri Lanka in the sixties. He became Mr. YMCA, Mr. Central Province, Junior Mr. Sri Lanka and was placed third at the Mr. Sri Lanka (Ceylon) contests.

As a weightlifter he became national champion for two years and represented Sri Lanka at the Ganefo Games held in China in 1966.

As an official he has represented Sri Lanka on 31 occasions. He revived weightlifting in Sri Lanka along with his brother, late S.A. Wijewickrema (Snr.) in 1962. After reviving he started coaching in weightlifting and has produced over 100 International weightlifters todate.

S.M.de Silva who represented Sri Lanka in the 52 Kg. weight category at the 1962 Olympics held in U.S.A., Asela Wijewickrema who represented Sri Lanka at the Barcelona Olympics in Spain in 1992, Athula Wijewickrema, South Asian Games Silver medalist, Mahesh Sabaratnam, M.M. Majeed and R.B. Wickremasinghe are some of his students.

Wijewickrema served in the Ministry of Sports from 1968 as a Sports Officer and retired as the Director of Sports (Central Province) in 1997. After his retirement he functioned as the Executive Secretary of the YMCA Kandy till 2017 and at present he is an advisor on Weightlifting, Badminton, Body Building, Table Tennis and Boxing etc.


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