The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) joined the Commonwealth in 1948. It is an island in the Indian Ocean, separated from India by the Palik Strait. However, it is almost linked to the Indian mainland by Adam's Bridge, an atoll barrier, mostly submerged, lying between the offshore island of Mannar and India itself.
Sri Lanka attended their first Commonwealth Games in 1938 in Sydney and celebrated by taking a boxing gold back home. Since 1990 they have enjoyed interrupted participation in the Games and continue to be an important member of the Games Family. At the 2006 Games in Melbourne Chintana Vidanage won gold in the men's 62kg weightlifting class, their first in this sport. In 2010 at the Games in Delhi, Sri Lanka took part in 16 of the 17 sports.
Established in 1937 the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee organises the country's participation in the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
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Capital - Colombo
Population - 20,238,000
Time Zone - GMT +06:00
Language - Sinhalese, Tamil, English
Currency - Sri Lankan Rupee (SLRe)