The recipients of “The Order of the Rising Sun” for the Spring Conferment 2020 were made public by the Government of Japan yesterday (29).
The Order is awarded by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan to foreign nationals who have made distinguished contributions to enhancing friendly relations with Japan.
In a media release, the Japanese embassy of Sri Lanka stated :
"Mr. Sisira Kumara, Hony. President of Sri Lanka Karate Do Association, made an invaluable contribution to strengthening bilateral relationship through promoting Karate in Sri Lanka. Seized by deep admiration for this Japanese martial art, which cultivates both inner and physical qualities of the practitioners, Mr. Kumara has dedicated wholehearted efforts to spreading the merit of Karate in schools and colleges across the island for four long decades. With his unremitting endeavor, there are no less than half a million practitioners in Sri Lanka today, making Karate the most popular sport in the country excelled only by cricket. With Mr. Kumara’s decoration, it is further expected that the popularity of Karate in Sri Lanka will continue to be augmented, with Karate qualified as an official sport in the Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games scheduled in the summer 2021."
In addition, renowned film director - Kala Keerthi Ms. Sumitra Peries has also been named as a recipient of this award this year.
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