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Cyclist Hemantha does Navy proud

Janaka Hemantha Kumara of the Navy won the Air Force 'Guvan Savariya' for the first time.


Janaka Hemantha Kumara Picture by Kavindra Perera

He competed in the race in 2007 and was able to win the 4th place. In the year 2001 he ended at number seven.

He thanked the Navy for providing him with new spare parts for his cycle. He offered his gratitude to Capt. A.U.C. Silva and Trainner Tudor Wijesuriya for their boundless assistance and he affectionately remember the 13 members of the Navy Cycle team.

He was presented with Rs. 100,000 and a DVD player by the Navy and a ceremony also was organised to honour him for the achievement.

He is 29 years old married and a father of a son. Hemantha joined the Navy in 2004. An old boy of Kotadeniyawa Karunarathne Maha Vidyalaya he hails from Kotadeniya. He says he was influenced by a cousin brother in his village who was a racing cyclist. He is grateful to his wife, his fellow villagers who gave massive support to him.

He says if facilities are provided to cycle racing it could achieve a better standard in Sri Lanka. He regretted that he has been in the sport for 10 years but so far not received any financial support.

He participated in the South Asia cycle race and won silver and bronze medals in 2007. He took part in the 11 day cycle race and became 5th. He won the first place in the cycle race held to mark the President's second year in Office. In 1997/1998 he came 20th in the Defence Services cycle race. In 1996/1998 reached 1st and 2nd place in 2007/2008.

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