Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte made his last journey a few days ago. He was one of the most famous rugby promoters who died at the age of 76 after a long battle with a sickness on Tuesday here in Kandy. His cremation took place in front of a large gathering on October 26 at the Mahaiyawa General cemetery.
One should not forget the yeoman service he had rendered to the sport of rugby at Kandy Sports Club. He had the unique achievement of being the President of the club on 20 occasions. It was under his presidency that they won the first ever trophy, while from 1990 he was the man behind all the good work done. He was backed by the rest of the committee and sponsors. At the time of his death he was the Trustee of the club.
Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte’s passion for rugby surfaced when he was a student at S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia. He boxed for the school and after leaving school he played rugby for the Medical College and came over to Kandy in the 1970s. He joined Kandy Sports Club administration in 1989 and rose to be its President in 1991. After taking over the reins as president, he also supported most of the presidents who were appointed after him. Even the numerous club secretaries received his backing to do a good service.
As a rugby promoter he was a man ‘whose courage changed the entire Nittawela set up’ and his death leaves a massive hole, at the Nittawela club.
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