The tallest man in Sri Lanka seems to be 7 ft 3 in Gunasingham Kasendran, a former LTTEr interned in the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre. He’s set to be released next year. Camelia Nathaniel had an interesting report on him in Ceylon Today.
However due to his height, he suffers from a heart condition that prevents him from engaging in strenuous activities. Speaking to Ceylon Today, he said his gigantic height poses many obstacles in his daily activities. “It is difficult for me to travel in a regular bus, as getting in and off is also a great ordeal due to height. Many doorways too are hard to maneuver through and I have to crouch through many of the passage ways…
On a lighter note, Kasendran said there are advantages too in being so tall. “Where most people need ladders to carry out simple tasks like changing a bulb, I can simply do it by standing up. The best part is, people always have to look up to me while I get to look down on them,” he said with a smile. (Ceylon Today)
While being that tall is kinda great, having heart problems is not, and I doubt that it would have made him a much better soldier. It does make for some amusing photos with Army personnel, however. No word on whether he plays basketball.