Sri Lankan karateka wins silver medal in Malaysia


One of the key karate tournaments in the Asian region, the 14th Malaysian Milo Open Karate Championship attracted 1470 competitors from 21 countries and was powered by the global food giant, Nestle in Malaysia.

One of Sri Lanka’s top youngsters, 12-year-old Randev Athukorala of St. Peter’s College, Colombo, won a silver in the Under-12 Kata event, in Kuala Lampur.

Earlier, he won a silver medal at the Karate Cup Malaysia, at the age of 10.

Commenting on his win, Randev said; "my father said that I am not representing the dojo or the school, but the country, and all I can remember was seeing him in the pavilion, raising the Sri Lankan flag to remind me that I represent the karate community of Sri Lanka. I hope I have done them proud. I now want to represent Sri Lanka at the Asian Games, which is my next challenge."

Randev is trained by Shihan Hiroshi Ota (Japan), Sensei Allan Campbell (Great Britain) and in Sri Lanka by Sensei D. M. Nimal (5th Dan Black Belt) and his father, Rohantha Athukorala (2nd Dan Black Belt).

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