Kiridena to referee boxing at Rio
Udeni Kiridena, a name synonymous in the boxing fraternity has done
Sri Lanka proud with his selection as a referee/judge at the Rio Olympic
Games - 2016, by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Kiridena's achievement according to sources, is an honour to our
country as he is one among the best International boxing referees
selected through stringent criteria. He is an old boy of Trinity
College, Kandy who began his boxing career at the tender age of eleven.
Following in his father's footsteps, he secured the pin weight title
in his very first Tournament in the Central province. The sport remained
a continued passion for Kiridena who went from strength to strength and
in the long run it served him well which saw him reach the highest rungs
of the sport. He won in his weight category at the T B Jayah Cup, Stubbs
Shield and at the Junior National Championships and was adjudged the
'Best Boxer' at the Stubbs Shield (Sri Lanka schools championships) in
1982. Kiridena received the coveted "Boxing Lion" at Trinity in 1982 and
went on to lead the Trinity boxing team in 1983. Under his leadership
Trinity College,bagged the Stubbs Shield after a lapse of three decades.
He was coached by the veterans Bobby Jayaweera, S B Kiridena, Sarath
Jayasinghe and Leslie Handunge. After he hung up his gloves,Kiridena got
involved in training the Air Lanka Boxing team.Thereafter, he was
involved in the administration of the Boxing Association of Sri Lanka
serving as the Treasurer of the Boxing Referees and Judges Association
for a period of 5 years and later went on to serve as Asst. Secretary,
Vice President and finally as the President of the Boxing Association of
Sri Lanka during the period 2009/2010.
In 1993, he passed the National Boxing Referees & Judges examination
with distinction and in 2002 became a Continental Referee/Judge, topping
the batch. Kiridena qualified as an International Judge in 2006 and was
elevated as an International Referee /Judge in 2008.