Dian elected Deputy Chairman of Marketing Commission
Executive Committee Member of the World Boxing Body of AIBA, Dian Gomes was elected Deputy Chairman of the AIBA Marketing Commission out of 33 candidates. Five members were elected by the 200-member Federation and Gomes was elected as Deputy to Cezary Jedlinski of Poland.
Dian needs no special introduction as his name is synonymous with the renaissance of sport in our island. A former junior flyweight boxing champion and a former President of CIMA Sri Lankan Division, Dian has been a leading corporate personality for the better part of three decades. First as the Group Director of MAS Holdings and then as the Chairman of Hela Clothing, he was instrumental in promoting not only boxing but other sports as well. Over the years he has been a strong advocate and supporter in building high-performing athletes, especially from rural areas. He currently serves as the Honorary Consul of Georgia in Sri Lanka and on the Board of Nestle Lanka PLC. Recently he was appointed by H.E the President to the Public Service Commission.
Dian is fondly referred to as the ‘Godfather’ of boxing. Dian is taking the nation’s boxing to the international arena, and exceeding all expectations since then is truly a magnanimous effort. Dian has been the constant motivator and the driving force behind getting Anuruddha Ratnayake to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after 40 years; and in getting three boxers to win three medals at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane after a lapse of 68 years. He became the first Sri Lankan to be appointed to the Commonwealth Advisory Board of Sports in 2014 and also the first Sri Lankan to be appointed to the Executive Committee of the Asian Boxing Federation last year. Over the years he has also held successful tenures in the world body as a member of the Finance Commission, the Marketing Commission and the Women’s Commission as well.
He is the first Sri Lankan to represent the country at the World Boxing Association (AIBA) when he was appointed to the executive committee last year, and together with his current position as a Deputy Chairman of AIBA Strategic Committee, it would certainly be a great advantage not only to Sri Lanka but to the whole Asian region.