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Piyum, a disciplined rugby legend

Former Isipatana ruggerite Piyum Prasantha passed away on February 11 after battling with an illness for some time.

He represented Isipatana College Rugby Team which became triple champions in 1992. He was a bright and an obedient student as well as a disciplined rugby player, who excelled as a hooker.


Piyum Prasantha

After finishing his studies at Isipatana, he joined an insurance firm as a Management Trainee. He proved his excellence not only in the field of Rugby. While being employed, he obtained a B Com Degree. Piyum was always soft spoken and a very balanced thinking person.

Sanath Martis, his former Rugby coach said that he had never come across such a disciplined player in his entire coaching career and spoke of Pium's character to all schoolboys he had coached to date. "If late M.P.F Sally, was alive, I am sure he would have expressed the same sentiments I have of late Piyum" Martis claimed. Coach Martis recalls the final practice session way back on September 08, 1992, which was just the day before the Premadasa Trophy final. Piyum who is usually a very punctual player at practices, was not present on the grounds that day. This had made Martis very nervous, as he felt Piyum's presence was important for the big game. After the practice sessions, the coach noticed Piyum warming up on his own. When he had inquired from Piyum as to why he got delayed, very reluctantly, Piyum had informed about the demise of his father on that day. However, he had decided to come for practices even about an hour late, because he had not wanted to let his team down.

Funeral of Piyum's father was to take place on the same day the Premadasa Trophy finals was scheduled. Isipatana College became triple champions. Missing his beloved father's funeral, Piyum represented the College, playing in the vital position as the hooker. Though Isipatana College won the match, there were no victory celebrations, as the team left for to the funeral house after the match.

Piyum's his dedication and commitment was amply demonstrated by his loyalty towards the College. The Trophy won that day was essentially a trophy in honor of Piyum's courage.

Even after leaving College, Piyum had given his utmost for the College, by serving in the Rugby Management Committee. Old Boys and tutorial staff of Isipatana College and his colleagues at Ceylinco would miss him and he will never be forgotten and his memory will be cherished forever.

He was a very devoted husband and a loving father, apart from being a loving son and a brother. He leaves his wife Niroshini and the six year old daughter Minu and they would miss him most.

May he attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana!

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