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Buddhika table tennis player and coach par excellence

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Buddhika Rajitha Dikkumbura, talented TT player cum Coach. (Picture by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corr

Forty Five year old Buddhika Rajitha Dikkumbura, an old boy of Vidyartha College,Kandy is a qualified Table Tennis coach who got through the TT Level One Coaching Course in the year 2004,Level II in 2009 and Level III in 2017 and at present he is preparing for the high performance TT Coaching Course.

Due to the situation in the country he had to curtail his TT coaching for some time but he re-started Coaching TT in his own School and he started his private Academy and coaching TT at the Army. As a TT player Buddhika started training TT under the coaching of veteran TT coaches Sunil Abeygunasekera and Rahal Abeyratne from 1985 onwards and with the assistance of his coaches Buddhika became a Champion Junior TT player in School level as well as District , Provincial level and All Island level in all age groups from Under Ten to Under Nineteen.

Once he left School he was involved in playing Table Tennis throughout and he won a number of Table Tennis Open Tournaments and got selected to represent Sri Lanka at the SAF games in the year 1994. While he continued playing TT he got through all Levels of TT Coaching and at first Buddhika started his TT Coaching career for both Boys and girls of Maliyadewa Boys and Girls Schools,Kurunegala while coaching TT at his alma mater, Vidyartha College too. He got through his Level III TT Coaching while he was training the Mahamaya Girls School,Kandy and ultimately became a level III TT player cum Coach.. Buddhika with his coaching produced many National and International TT players, such as Udaya Ranasinghe, who was a National TT champion for seven consecutive years from 2013onwards, Ridmi Karadanarachchi who became womens Runner-up at the TT Nationals and Supun Warusavithana, Nirmala Jayasinghe Dimanthi Bandara, Tharushi Rodrigo who were some of his International Level male and female TT players.

Buddhikas main intention was to win a Medal at the South Asian games but he did not get an opportunity to participate in International TT games, so now his ambition is to send a well Trained competitor in TT for Olympics. Under his coaching Sri Lanka won the Junior SAF Table Tennis Championship held in India in the year 2015 and won the same tournament held in Pakistan in 2016. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – 01:00

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