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AASL to celebrate Centenary in style

AASL President Major General (Retired) Palitha Fernando
AASL President Major General (Retired) Palitha Fernando

The Athletics Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) will conduct a series of events to mark their Centenary Anniversary which falls on January 18, 2022.

The AASL was formed on January 18, 1922 as the Amateur Athletic Association of Ceylon.

“I have already appointed a committee to organise the Centenary event on a grand scale,” Major General (Retired) Palitha Fernando told the Daily News yesterday.

“I hope to step down as President of the AASL after this event but I will never give up my passion for athletics,” Major General Fernando added further.

Fernando served in the Executive Committee holding key positions such as Secretary, Vice-President and President of the AASL for several years.

Major General Fernando was elected President of the AASL in 2018 and his four-year term would end on May 31, 2022.

The main event in their part of celebrations is an International Invitation road run in Colombo.

Athletes from the South Asian region and Asia will be invited for the road run which will cover a distance of 20 kilometres.

In addition to the main race, there will be a 15km run for juniors, 10km race for Masters (Over-40), 5km fun run and a two-kilometre event for kids.

The AASL Centenary Celebrations will be held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In addition, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe and Secretary Sergei Bubka will be invited as Guests of Honour for this occasion.


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