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Wishva Dimantha - athlete and karateka par excellence

ISKU Karate Academy participants posed for a photograph with their coach Sugath Kumara after winning the National Championship of Karate-Do Federation. Squatting in the front row first from left is Wishva Dimantha. (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)
ISKU Karate Academy participants posed for a photograph with their coach Sugath Kumara after winning the National Championship of Karate-Do Federation. Squatting in the front row first from left is Wishva Dimantha. (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sport

Thirteen year old Karate Green Belt holder, Gold Medalist in Kumite and Kata and Athlete Wishva Dimantha brought honour and fame to his Alma Mater Lourdes College, Nattandiya. Wishva was admitted to the Grade One of this school in 2012 when Mr. Molligoda was the Principal of the College and his first class teacher was Mrs. Kumari.

At the age of nine he participated in the Inter House Sports Meet held in 2016 and came first in 50 metres. There was no Sports Meet until 2020 at this school and it was held only last year and taking part in the under 13 age group he won 80 and 100 metres and in the Divisional Meet his school team came third in the 4x100 metre Relay Event and in the same year he represented his school in the John Tarbet Meet in the under 13 age group in 100 metres and came fourth. But he reached the qualifying time.

Wishva Dimantha

In the mean time his parents Dilan Roshantha and Nirosha Darshani decided to admit their son to the ISKU Karate Academy under Sugath Kumara and his first meet was in 2016 and in the under eight age group and his first tournament was the All Island Karate Championship. He won a Gold Medal in the fourth open International Semi Contact Championship in the under 13 Category in 2017.

He won a Bronze Medal in Kumite and in the third open International Semi Contact Championship he won a Gold for Kumite and a Silver for Kata and in the same year in the under 30 kgs event at the Sri Lanka Karate-Do Federation Puttalam District Meet he won Golds for Kata and Kumite Events and in the North Western under 30 kgs Group he won a Gold for Kumite and a Bronze for Kata and in his last meet in 2017 he won the National Karate Championship and grabbed a Gold.

His first meet was the 2018 Puttalam District Kumite Meet in the under 13, 35 kgs event he won Golds for Kumite and Kata and at the same age group in the North Western Province Meet he won Silver Medals for Kata and Kumite and in the All Island National Karate Championship he won a Silver and in the All Island Schools Karate Championship he won a Silver for Kumite.

In the year 2019 his first meet under 35kgs was Puttalam District Meet and he won Golds for Kate and Kumite and in the North Wstern Meet he won Silver Medals for Kumite and Kata and with these performances under his belt he was selected to participate in the All Island Championship in 2020 but due to Coronavirus the meet was postponed.

During a span of three years and participating in several Karate Meets he has won 19 medals which includes 10 Golds, seven Silvers and two Bronzes and in this context Principal T. S. Fernando was always supportive.