A.J. Ro­drigo no more

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Susil Pre­malal

He even had a per­sonal gym­na­sium in his back­yard and trained ath­letes for free. He did not go after pub­lic­ity as well

A. J. Ro­drigo, a vet­eran throw­ing coach who has pro­duced a num­ber of world class ath­letes passed away re­cently after a brief ill­ness. He was 73 at the time of his demise.

He was the record holder in dis­cuss throw in 1978. He was at­tached to the Sri Lanka Air Force. After his re­tire­ment, he served as an ath­let­ics coach for nearly 30 years.

An unas­sum­ing char­ac­ter, Ro­drigo has ded­i­cated his time and money to lift the stan­dard of ath­let­ics dur­ing the last three decades. He has pro­duced sev­eral Olympics, World Cham­pi­onships and Asian Games ath­letes.

Among them are Nadeka Lak­mali who rep­re­sented Sri Lanka at the Olympics at the Bei­jing Olympics in 2008.

Sa­chith Madu­ranga and Dil­hani Lekamge were the javelin throw­ers he pro­duced.

Manoj Amaras­inghe and Janaki Gal­hena are the Sri Lanka Ham­mer Throw­ers he has coached.

Nadeeka Muthu­nayake (Shot Putt), Devini Madu­rap­pe­ruma ( Shot Putt and Dis­cus Throw) are the Na­tional Record Hold­ers he had trained.

A.J. Ro­drigo had ded­i­cated his life to sports. He did not go after money or for­eign trips. He showed a strong love to­wards the ath­letes he coached.

He even had a per­sonal gym­na­sium in his back­yard and trained ath­letes for free. He did not go after pub­lic­ity as well. He was the main coach after Lak­sh­man De Al­wis, Parry Liyan­age, and Der­win Per­era who are no more.

A. J. Ro­drigo be­longs to a sports fam­ily. His brother A.J. Ro­drigo ( Se­nior) was a for­mer District Coach at­tached to the Min­istry of Sports. His event was the Shot Putt. This Ro­drigo’s daugh­ter Deepika Ro­drigo too has been hold­ing the Sri Lanka Shot Put record for sev­eral years.

Coach Ro­drigo with medal win­ner Dil­hani Lekamge

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