NOC SL auditorium to be converted into state-of-the-art facility
National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka is in the process of converting its Hemasiri Fernando auditorium to a state-of-the-art modern facility for the benefit of the sports fraternity of Sri Lanka and others. The work on this Rs 25 million Project got underway on 17 September and is projected to be completed by the first week of November. Olympic Council of Asia under ‘Olympicasia’ contributed US$ 100,000 towards the project, while the balance came from the coffers of the NOC SL and philanthropists.
Commenting on the project Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee Maxwell de Silva said, “In reality this was overdue and due to various reasons, we have been putting it off. A facelift to our auditorium is a must. Twelve years down the line the wrinkles of aging began to appear at this facility, but it was too much of a busy place even to ponder a facelift unless it was absolutely necessary. Besides that, there were other complications, such as the cost involved and to what extent that they were ready to refurbish this popular centre.
“To begin with, we are looking at interactive display and the seats and the audio-visual implementation to the highest standards. Prior to embarking on this project, we took into consideration on how the facilities in Lausanne – IOC’s headquarters – is, and we are trying matching them as much as we could. Earlier the display that we had – for instance the projector, there was a screen that we used to project on with the control panel. Now we are going to implement multifunctional digital screen which has an interactive mode. For instance, it could be used for educational, conferences and have equipment like zoom etc. to enhance its value.”