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Major Sports Assembly meeting here in November

Commonwealth Games Federation:

Meeting : For reasons best known, the coming to be of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General assembly meeting here in November, will undoubtedly be a tremendous boost to the local tourist industry, serve to uplift the country's image and more importantly act as an incentive and encouragement for the all-round good of sports in the island.

This first ever major happening which takes place from the 5th to 9th of November 2007, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, does affirm the confidence and trust reposed by the CGF in the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka - whose administrative and organizing ability has always been found to be so geared, to handle occasions of this magnitude and nature.

There are 71 countries, each of which through their individual Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) are affiliated to the Commonwealth Games Federation. And, so with 3 representatives from each of the CGA's and 16 executive board members, the CGF General assembly will have a participation of 229 delegates and with yet other personnel there is bound to be a gathering of 300 in number.

The 71 countries which come within the frame work of the CGF are from the regions of Africas, Americas, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Oceania.

The tentative programme of the CGF General Assembly meeting will be as follows:-

November 2007

5 and 6 - Sports Committee meeting

6 and 7 - Executive Board Members meeting

8th - Regional Meeting

8th - Anti doping Meeting

8th - Evening opening ceremony at 7 p.m. BMICH

9th - General Assembly at a particular stage in the General assembly meeting, India will make a presentation as to how well they are prepared and organized for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

There were three contending to host the 2014 Games in Nigeria, Scotland and Canada. Canada has since pulled out and, the General assembly will on the final day conclude with having to decide between Nigeria and Scotland and declare their choice.

The local arrangements for this prestigious conference is in the hands of, Joseph Kenny, the Chairman of the Conference Management Committee, while the President of the NoC, Hemasiri Fernando, is the overall Chairman of the entire operation.

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