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Hemasiri inducted as an Hon Life member of CGF

Immediate Past President of Commonwealth Games Association, Sri Lanka Hemasiri Fernando 1997-2018 has been inducted as Honorary Member of Commonwealth Games Federation by the CGA authority, yesterday.

The indefatigable Fernando led the Assembly for 21 years from 1997 to 2018 and was instrumental in transforming the fledgling organisation into a true internationally acclaimed global entity. He was also the think tank in the establishment of the four-story Olympic House as NOCSL's headquarters in 2008. Previously the National Olympic Committee was based in non-permanent single-room locations. 

As a mark of respect, the National Olympic Auditorium was renamed ‘Hemasiri Fernando Auditorium’ last year. 

Fernando, meanwhile, was the regional vice-president of the Commonwealth Games Federation since 2007. He also has been honorary vice-president of the Olympic Council of Asia since July 2011.