Remembering Ibrahim Hamid - an officer and gentleman

 Kandy rugby enthusiasts conducted special prayers for the late Ibrahim Hamid and his son Zulki, who passed away last week due to COVID-19.

The late Ibrahim played nearly five seasons of rugby for Zahira College and led the team in his last year.

He scored the decisive try after barging through 10 meters to defeat Lakshman Kaluarachchi’s Royal College side of 1963.

In the same year, Zahira toured Malaysia and Singapore to play seven matches and won five of them.

Thereafter, Ibrahim joined the CR and FC, where he played for a short time. From there, he joined the Police, for whom he played for nine years and led the team in 1971.

Police SC drew the Clifford Cup final with Havelock SC in 1970, lost to the CR and FC in 1971 but annexed it in 1972.

Ibrahim also served as the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) under Gamini Fernando. He was also the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, a member of the Selection Committee and Development Committee.

And a few years back he was awarded the Life-Time Achievement Award by the SLRFU for his services to rugby.

He also excelled in rifle shooting and toured America, England, France, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Japan.

Ibrahim’s President’s Security Division (PSD) Team won the Practical Pistol Shooting event at the Armed Services and Police Practical Pistol Shooting Championships.

His expertise stood him in good stead as he was invited by the Asian Shooting Federation to officiate as an International Technical Officer at the Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.

Ibrahim was a Vice-President of the Sri Lanka Kabaddi Federation and was a Citing Officer of the Asian Rugby Football Union.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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