Robert Rupasinghe Memorial Bodybuilding Championship in October

Southern Province Bodybuilding Championship for the late Robert Rupasinghe challenge trophy would be held under the supervision of Sri Lanka Body Building and Fitness Federation for the seventh time at the Matara Cooperative House on the 4th of October.

Mrs. Patricia Rupasinghe (wife of late Mr. Robert Rupasinghe) will grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. The semi-finals will be held at 9am while the finals will be held at 4pm.

Further details could be obtained by calling organizer L.S.Jayawardena no 76 Dharamarathna Mawatha, Uyanwatta, Matara. Call 077-0253996.

The late Robert Rupasinghe is one of the finest body builders Sri Lanka has ever produced. A four time national champion, Rupasinghe, who hailed from Wadduwa and was attached to the Sri Lanka Air Force, finished second in the whole of Asia in the Tall Man Class in the Mr. Asia Contest, held in Sri Lanka in 1969. He passed away tragically at the young age of 28 in a road accident.

He was born at Wadduwa, near Kalutara in 1947 and studied at the Wadduwa Central College before joining Sri Lankan Air Force. He was a champion track-and-field athlete and held the pole vault record of the Public Schools Athletic Meet and many more events. Prior to taking to body building, Rupasinghe was a prominent pole-vaulter too.

Taking up bodybuilding in year 1967, he won the Mr. Kalutara title and the 1968 title for Junior Mr. Sri Lanka Contest. He became the national champion in 1969.

Along with his advisor Thillekeratne, he founded the Wadduwa Barbell Club for the youth bodybuilders of Wadduwa. The club produced many national champions in later years.

A near seven-footer, Robert measured a chest at 49 inches then. An arm measured at 19 inches and his thighs at 26 and 1/2 inches. His hips had measured at 29.

At the time of his tragic death, Robert was almost an iconic figure in Sri Lanka. An extremely popular sport then, the bodybuilding and its fraternity were fortunate to see his astonishing muscle dances in contests. Thousands always flocked to see the spectacle. He was to star in a Tarzen movie when he faced the tragic motor accident. Those who have seen Robert in action still believe he was the most complete bodybuilder the country has ever seen.

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