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Shades of Delhi???

Games rival owes $18m on stadium

THE stadium that would host the opening and closing ceremonies of a Commonwealth Games in Hambantota has been taken over by the Sri Lankan army.

The embarrassment happened after the cricket association that controls the stadium could no longer afford to pay upkeep on the venue.

It has also emerged Sri Lanka still owes $18 million to a Chinese construction company that built it.

The revelations came as both bid teams arrived in the Caribbean late yesterday for the final week of lobbying before the historic announcement on Saturday morning.

Mahindananda Aluthgamage, co-chairman of the Hambantota bid, confirmed the army was running the stadium and conceded it had still not been paid for.

It is understood the Sri Lankan bid team plans to try to transform the embarrassment into an advantage and milk its underdog status and the importance of the Commonwealth Games to improve the welfare of the developing nation.

Some media outlets in Sri Lanka have claimed the country has secured half the votes.

In a bizarre situation, military spokesman Brigadier Nihal Hapuarachchi told Sri Lankan media of the move.

"It is a service," he said.

"We are supporting the country by doing this."

Commonwealth Games Association chief Perry Crosswhite, who travelled with the Gold Coast bid team, admitted the chance of the Games improving the struggling nation could be a strength.

"They are really two contrasting bids," he said.

"The Gold Coast is from a country which has held the Games four times before and done all of them very well and very successfully.

"(Then) we have got a country which has not hosted the Games before and is one that is emerging from the civil war and the natural disaster of the tsunami.

"In their case it's growing and it's all about development."

Mr Crosswhite admitted the team was starting to get nervous but had done all they could.

"Most of the work is done and what the last few days are really about is ensuring trust with the delegates that we will actually deliver what we say we will deliver," he said.

"You always get to a point where, like any competition, you work as hard as you can until the end but you really don't know the result."

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Thats maybe the only reason I want Gold Coast to win, to see a Durban win in 2022

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Thats maybe the only reason I want Gold Coast to win, to see a Durban win in 2022

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2018: Gold Coast

2022: Durban

2026: England?

2030: Canada?

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2018: Gold Coast

2022: Durban

2026: England?

2030: Canada?

2018 Gold Coast

2022 Durban

2026 Hambantota ¿?

2030 Vancouver ¿?

2034 Cardiff ¿?

2038 Nassau ¿? (ok the bahamas will be intresting)

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:( If anything...I believe that the spectre of New Delhi was just too great for Hambantota. What a shame, but at least they can bid for 2022 and 26 with confidence.

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Good luck for 2026.... By the way, gteat job showcasing a city no one of us knew excisted!! That was amazing!!! Lets hope in 2026 you WIN :D

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:( If anything...I believe that the spectre of New Delhi was just too great for Hambantota. What a shame, but at least they can bid for 2022 and 26 with confidence.

2022 is South Africa. So 2026 is the first chance they would have again. But wouldn't a European bid be a fav then? Then 2030 is Canada. Which leaves 2034 Australia vs Hambantota again. :lol: :lol:

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Sri Lanka's 2018 CWG host bid hurt by India

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan officials think their bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games may have been doomed because of the deeply flawed games held last year in neighbouring India.

Sri Lanka's southern venue of Hambantota was defeated by the Gold Coast in Friday's polling in St. Kitts, with members of the Commonwealth Games Federation voting 43-27 in favor of the Australian bid.

Sri Lanka's Central Bank Governor and bid chairman Ajith Nivard Cabraal said late comments from Canada critical of the organization of the New Delhi Games "created a certain fear among some of the voting delegates who associated India closely with Sri Lanka."

"And as a result I think that may have hurt our chances to a some extent, although we know that one of the most successful games was conducted in India," Cabraal told reporters.

Cabraal also said "this lobby appeared to be designed to give some kind of a feeling that Asian countries are unable to have very good games. That also may have gone against us to some extent."

In August, auditors slammed India's preparations and conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, saying the organization was flawed, riddled with favoritism and vastly more expensive than planned in a final report that could result in criminal prosecutions.

Some countries considered withdrawing from the New Delhi Games following long construction delays, the collapse of a pedestrian bridge and the discovery of filthy conditions in the athletes' village just days before the games were to begin.

India had hoped the games would improve its image as a rising superpower. Instead it was deeply embarrassed by construction delays, cost overruns and corruption allegations.

The Commonwealth Games Federation's Evaluation Commission said it was satisfied that Hambantota could guarantee a "safe and peaceful" games, but warned that significant investment was needed in telecommunications infrastructure, transport and hospitals and said staging the games in the developing area presented a "medium-to-high risk" compared with the "low risk" of the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast's bid was based largely on the use of existing facilities while Hambantota, a city largely devastated by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, promised to deliver brand new stadiums, an international airport and other infrastructure by 2016.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage criticized the bidding process and said "there is an injustice and we saw that small countries do not get a chance to hold this game."

Despite Sri Lanka losing the bid, the process helped to improve Sri Lanka's image and boosted the tourism industry. It also provided an opportunity to draw attention to Hambantatoa, which is being developed as the country's second economic city, he said.

Times of India

At first I thought this was quite a considered acknowledgement of what was certainly the biggest "elephant in the room" handicapping Hambantota's bid - Delhi.

But then Cabraal and the sports minister had to spoil it all with their "nobody gives us (small nations) a chance and it's all stacked against us". Ironic, considering, as is often pointed out, the small developing countries hold by far the biggest numbers against the old powers in the Commonwealth.

Pity - their initial response after the ballot announcement was gracious and diplomatic.

At least they didn't demand to see the votes and accuse the CGF of twiddling the ballots behind closed doors, as Abuja did after their loss.

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At first I thought this was quite a considered acknowledgement of what was certainly the biggest "elephant in the room" handicapping Hambantota's bid - Delhi.

But then Cabraal and the sports minister had to spoil it all with their "nobody gives us (small nations) a chance and it's all stacked against us". Ironic, considering, as is often pointed out, the small developing countries hold by far the biggest numbers against the old powers in the Commonwealth.

Pity - their initial response after the ballot announcement was gracious and diplomatic.

At least they didn't demand to see the votes and accuse the CGF of twiddling the ballots behind closed doors, as Abuja did after their loss.

:) Nah, they would want to stay on good terms with the Commonwealth for the enevideble re-bid in 2015.

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