About SLBF

Sri Lanka Basketball Federation (SLBF) is registered under the Sports Law No: 25th of 1973 and  is affiliated to Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (FIBA), FIBA ASIA and National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka. 

Objectives of SLBF


  • To control, standardise, promote, develop and improve amateur basketball.

  • To encourage the formation of provincial and other Basketball Associations.

  • To protect and promote the spirit of amateurism and sportsmanship in Basketball.

  • To uphold, maintain and publish the Rules of Basketball as adopted by the FIBA and to frame and uphold the by-laws of the Federation and other such rules as may be found necessary in Sri Lanka.

SLBF affiliated Associations


Western - Colombo, Gampaha​​, Kalutara 

Central - Kandy, Matale
Eastern - Batticaloa, Trincomalee
North Central - Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa,
Northern - Jaffna, Mannar
North Western - Kurunegala, Puttalam
Sabaragamuwa. Kegalle, Ratnapura,
Southern - Galle, Hambantota, Matara
Uva - Badulla


Other - SL Army, SL Navy, SL Airforce, SL Police, Mercantile Services, Combined Universities, SL Schools

Office 2017/2019

Hon. Fizer Mustapha 

Member of Parliament - Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Government & Sports


Major General Indunil Ranasinghe


Secretary General
Dr. Chula Senaratane

Senior Vice President
Mr. J P Salinda Samarakoon


Vice Presidents
Mr. Chandana Liyanage
Com. Viraj Lilaratne
Wng Cmdr. Amal Perera
Mr. Sanath Jayalath
Mr. Hashendra Fernando
Ms. Samantha Nanayakkara

Mr. Paul Newman

Mr. Christie Mariathasan

Key Milestones

1917 - Basketball was introduced to Sri Lanka by Walter Cammak, an American who was the Director of Physical Education of the Central YMCA in Colombo.

1927 - The first school to introduce basketball was Ananda College Colombo.

1936 - Japanese and Filipino Olympic teams played in Sri Lanka.  This was the first time two international teams played in Sri Lanka. 


1950 - November 1950, the Ceylon Basketball Association was formed. Mr. John Exter, the Governor of the Central Bank, as President.

1958 - Inauguration of the Ceylon Basketball Federation (CBF).

1959 - CBF became a member of FIBA. Sri Lanka staged its first international contest against the Pakistan National Team. 


1960 - The first National championship was held.

1961 - Women’s basketball was introduced.

1962 - Became a member of the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC)


1964 - First international competition was organised by SLBF, India, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as participants.

1966 - Sri Lanka took part in 5th Asian Games its first International tournament in Bangkok Thailand.

1967 - Mini-basketball was introduced 


1991 - Sri Lanka men wins Bronze in South Asian Games 

2016 - Sri Lanka wins Gold in the Inaugural South Asian Basketball Championship for Women.

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