Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Obituary - Dr. N. Rasalingam

: Professor Sanath P. Lamabadusuriya <>
Date: 29 August 2017 at 22:13
Subject: Re: Dr.N Rasalingam
To: Udaya Lakshman Kaluaratchi <>

Kalu , didn't he get colours in badminton as well?

On 29 August 2017 at 16:58, Udaya Lakshman Kaluaratchi <> wrote:
Just got the sad news that Dr. N. RASALINGAM has moved on.

He was our Head Cop in 1956. Got College Colours in Boxing, Hockey, Baketball. Was a member of the first ever Royal Baketball team in 1954/5 , in which most players were also national players.He was also in the first ever Royal  Hockey team  of 1955.

It was  in 1956 that our entire  rugby team under Lionel Almeida was taken to task by Dudley de S on the famous/infamous cigarette-butt complaint by the Trinity Principal Walters. No colours were awarded.There were suspensions, too,I think.

 Cops in the team were debadged as well as  members of the College debating team who travelled up to Kandy. 

Ras the Head Cop was not involved as he fortunately happened to  travel down with our Principal after the match!

One significant consequence of this episode was that Royal had no rugby coloursmen in 1957 at the beginning of the season. Perhaps for the first time Royal were being led by a non-coloursman, Roti S.! 

Those in College  at the time will recall how the farewell  Friday General  Assembly for Bob Edwards, our much revered Head Master, was disturbed by outside elements just outside our Hall, with catcalls etc.,which made Edwards get up and  go off the stage! 


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