Honour for karate legend

2016-03-31 06:00
One of the many accolades that Sonny Pillay has earned. Photo: supplied

One of the many accolades that Sonny Pillay has earned. Photo: supplied

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PRESIDENT of Karate South Africa (KSA) Hanshi Sonny Pillay, a legend in South African karate circles, was bestowed the prestigious Ammen award for sporting excellence by the Mount Edgecombe temple committee at the recent Easter temple festival.

Chairman of Mt Edgecombe temple committee Sri Seelan Archary heaped huge praise on the doyen of karate in South Africa Hanshi Pillay.

“Our karate maestro Sonny Pillay has been a role model for the youth of yesterday and today and I am confident he will inspire thousands more despite him being in his twilight years,” said Seelan Archary.

“Hence we at the temple had no doubt that he is a worthy recipient of the Ammen Award for this year 2016 in the field of sporting excellence.”

Pillay, who currently serves as the vice president of the Commonwealth karate federation, was overwhelmed by the accolade and expressed his gratitude to the Mt Edgecombe temple committee for the rare honour.

“I am humbled to receive the Ammen Award because I am a devotee of the divine mother and I feel deeply blessed,” said Pillay who has just won the bid to host the All Africa championships (UFAK) in South Africa during July 2016.

Pillay added that he has received several awards throughout the globe during his karate career that has spanned 48 years (thus far) however the Ammen Award presented to him by the chairman of the ANC KZN Sihle Zikalala and Logie Naidoo speaker in the eThekwini Municipality at the Mt Edgecombe temple will remain “close to his heart”.

“As a matter of interest when I am bestowed awards such as the Ammen Award I sincerely believe the good Lord is encouraging me to continue my work in the field of youth development an area that I am passionate about given the huge alcohol and drug abuse stats amongst today’s youth,” concluded Pillay.

He encourages all parents to enroll their children for karate classes as the benefits are tenfold

For enquiries regards to karate classes email president@karate-sa.org or call 08255777784

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