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Hambantota 2018 To Promote Commonwealth Bid At African Sports Summit

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A high profile delegation from Sri Lanka is in Marrakech, Morocco to present its bid for the Hambantota 2018 Commonwealth Games at the fifth African International Sports Convention (CISA) which runs to March 19.

The summit is a major feature in the African sporting calendar, where more than 300 sports professionals from across the globe are convened under the theme "Sport for Education & Development". There are representatives from all 19 African Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) interested in synergies with Hambantota 2018's own agenda, said Nalin Attygalle, Chief Executive of the bid and leader of the delegation.

Attygalle said in a press release, "as a developing nation, a key ambition of our bid campaign is to inspire other developing and emerging nations" and their people "throughout the Commonwealth. It is not only large and advanced economies that should be considered as host cities of major events. We will demonstrate that we have what it takes to host a truly unique and successful 2018 Games. By doing so, we hope to open up the opportunity for other developing countries within the Commonwealth to bid for and stage the Games in the future".

According to the press release, Hambantota 2018 has committed to completing all of the venues and the entire infrastructure for the 2018 Games by December 2016. That year it will host the South Asian Games, which, together with further test events throughout 2017, will act as a dress rehearsal to ensure everything is ready well in advance of 2018.

Hambantota 2018 plans to visit Commonwealth countries in all six regions - Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, America and the Caribbean - before submitting its bid book in Kuala Lumpur on May 11.

Last month a delegation met CGAs from the Caribbean and Americas at the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation in Veracruz, Mexico.

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