Major General (rtd) Palitha Fernando, former president of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) and currently an ex-co member of the Asian Athletic Association, was honoured by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) when he was awarded the Veteran Pin in recognition of his long and meritorious service to Sri Lanka and World athletics.

The award was presented to Major General Palitha Fernando on 19th August 2015 at the 50th IAAF Congress held at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing, China.
The announcement of the award was communicated to the Sri Lanka Athletics Association by Essar Gabriel, Secretary General of IAAF.