Chandrishan Perera bids Pakistan thrash India by 10 wickets goodbye

BY JATILA KARAWITA | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021
Sports Chandrishan Perera bids Pakistan thrash India by 10 wickets goodbye


Legendary Sri Lanka rugby player Chandrishan Perera passed away last evening after being hospitalized in Negombo. The death of Perera, 60, who was affectionately known as ‘Shan’, robs Sri Lanka of one of its finest rugby talents, who impressed in his chosen field with his prowess both here and overseas. ‘Shan’ Perera a proud product of St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4, set rugby venues in this country alight as a fearsome wing-three-quarter upon his return from the UK. He truly became a household name among rugby fans thanks to his stunning exploits playing ‘A’ Division rugby for CH & FC. 

He was also a member of the National Sevens side which won the famed Hong Kong Sevens ‘Bowl’ trophy under Hisham Abdeen back in 1984. Perera also made an impression in athletics, and among his contemporary sprinters were Kosala Sahabandu and Wimalaratne Goonewardene. The late Chadrishan Perera afterwards made an outstanding impact for his country playing both Sevens and 15-a-side versions, as he continued to penetrate opposition defences with consummate ease. He played rugby for Sri Lanka alongside the likes of Hisham Abdeen, Saman Jayasinghe, Priyantha Ekanayake, Apsai Nagata and Simon Hunter to name a few. 

During his pomp, the amiable and ever smiling sportsman also excelled in cricket and was attached to the national team as a physical conditioning coach and trainer, four years before Sri Lanka won the World Cup. He was also attached to SLC as its Media Manager, and besides being a pioneer fitness fanatic, he was also an eloquent speaker and a lawyer, who specialised in criminal psychology while growing up in England. 

Since retiring from the sport, Perera imparted his profound rugby knowledge in varied capacities, such as a broadcaster, writer, coach, selector etc. He was also well known for his expert view on international rugby, whenever local scribes sought to further enhance their knowledge of test rugby. The late rugby legend was wheelchair bound during the latter part of his life following an operation, and his demise doubtless robs this nation of one of its gifted sportsmen. His funeral arrangements are to be notified. May his soul rest in peace.

BY JATILA KARAWITA | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021

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