Sri Lankan Randev makes into World Karate Rankings

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Sri Lankan Randev Athukorala from St. Peter’s College has made it to the World Karate Federation (WKF) Rankings for 2017 placed number 20 with the number 1 ranked being Japan’s Genrai Watanabe whilst Brazil’s Guilherme Silva is ranked number 2. Iran’s Navid Mohanmandi is ranked number 3. 

The 15-year-old Athukorala is ranked number 5 in the Asian continent and number 1 in the South Asian region as per the latest ranking issued by the World Karate Federation for the Kumitae Male 70kg+ weight class.

Athukorala won the Gold Medal at the South Asian Karate Championships 2016 in New Delhi, India whilst being placed 5th in the Asian karate Championships in Indonesia. A Gold medallion at the Nepal Open championship, Silver medallion at the World Karate Championships in Teheran, Iran whilst being a Silver medallion at the Asia a Karate Cup in KL, Malaysia and coveted Milo Silent Knight Championships also in Malaysia.

When Daily FT contacted the youngster he commented: “My father Dr. Rohantha Athukorala reminds me every time I go for tournaments abroad that I represent Sri Lanka. Before a fight I always look at him in the stands where he keeps showing me the Sri Lankan Flag. It’s a win for country and my alma mater St. Peter’s. I thank my coaches from childhood, Sensei Nimal, Sensei Safraz and Sensei Asela, and Rev. Fr. Rector of St. Peter’s College who has guided me.”