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How come there are no Sri Lankan restaurants? There are Indian, Pakistani...but no Bangladeshi nor Sri-Lankan ones?

:rolleyes::)B)

''Under Cabraala, a qualified accountant, Sri Lanka has undergone substantial economic growth with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) doubling, a fall in unemployment, and reduction in poverty.

He has been leading on the economic reconstruction in the areas badly affected by Sri Lanka's civil war, committing the Central Bank and the Government to spend $1 billion (£639 million) a year from 2010 to develop the northern Tamil-dominated parts of the country, including building hospitals and schools.''

insidethegames :):D

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Lanka must target 2018 Commonwealth Games – NOC Chief

National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka President Hemasiri Fernando said Sri Lanka could bounce back and target to do well at 2018 Commonwealth Games, if the country works with a vision.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Sri Lanka Olympic chief stressed the need to identify priorities and work to a proper plan with a vision, if Sri Lanka is to make the best use of its bid to host the Commonwealth Games in eight years’ time.

The NOC President said he will present a complete schedule and a plan for President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his blessings. Fernando expressed confidence in the new Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage and said they could make a collective effort to the betterment of Sri Lanka sport.

Fernando said that the NOC is not a factory that produces medals but a facilitator for the national sports associations (NSAs) and sportsmen to enter the international arena.

He said the NOC could show the way to the NSAs and organize Olympic solidarity courses and scholarships but the role of promoting sports lies entirely with the respective NSAs. However, he stressed the need of a greater role by the Sports Ministry and said the new Minister could live up to expectations.

“We must have a proper plan.

There are no shortcuts to produce medalists, but the hard way through dedication, devotion and sacrifices. We can not produce instant medalists.

We must have a proper long-term plan to make sure that we are there by the 2018 Commonwealth Games or at Olympic level thereafter,” he said.

He stressed the need to identify raw talent and groom them carefully for the future.

“We must identify rural talent. There are enough and more talented sportsmen and women in the provinces. We must reach them and train them carefully giving proper competition and training facilities. It will be an investment for the future. Since Sri Lanka’s success at the 1991 South Asian Games with a record 44 gold medals, we have not been able to come anywhere close to that. We must initially target the next South Asian Games and then beyond Asian level,” he pointed out.

NOC Chief Fernando said President Rajapaksa has shown a keen interest in promoting sports and securing the 2018 Commonwealth Games to Hambantota and that the NOC will give every support to fulfill his vision. He said the Sports Ministry should actively work towards that goal by making a proper investment on tomorrow’s sports heroes.

Sri Lanka will have to embark on a massive sports development program, aimed at producing tomorrow’s medalists.

Newly-appointed Sports Minister Aluthgamage is making a careful study of the situation after Sri Lanka’s debacle at the 16th Asian Games concluded in the Southern Chinese City on Saturday night.

It was for the first time in 28 years that Sri Lanka failed to secure a single medal at the Asian Games.

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Sri Lanka Daily News

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So let's get this right...an NOC and associated sports ministry that saw the nation's CG and Asiad representatives fail miserably (1 gold which has since been rescinded due to doping) is now lobbying for the largest sporting festival in the Commonwealth to be hosted in their nation?!! :lol::lol:

I know, while we're at it let's get Germany bidding for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Australia having a shot at the 2020 Ski-Jumping Championships. If Sri Lanka is given any serious credence in its farcical Hambantota bid (part of the Cosa Nostra Rakapaksa plan) based on its sporting capabilities then the CGF should tell them to go home now and award the 2018 event to the Gold Coast.

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I know, while we're at it let's get Germany bidding for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Australia having a shot at the 2020 Ski-Jumping Championships.

Or award Qatar (never qualified)the 2022 WC.

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I know, while we're at it let's get Germany bidding for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Australia having a shot at the 2020 Ski-Jumping Championships.

Australia could technically host a Ski-Jumping Championship, even if the seasons are wrong. All you really need is the two ski jumps on top of a hill. It'll probably be a complete waste of taxpayer/corporate money for a one time event and might not even assist in a "Australian" Olympic Winter Games bid, well I suppose let New Zealand try for it. :P

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Interesting article written by Duncan Mackay of insidethegames, about Hambantota's bid:

Hambantota bid must be taken seriously under Sri Lanka Bank Governor

17 December 2010

Few people in the sports world had probably heard of Hambantota until it surprisingly put itself forward at the last moment earlier this year to bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games against the Gold Coast.

A quick entry into Google gave us the basic facts that it was on the south coast of Sri Lanka and that it had been badly damaged in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. They looked unlikely candidates for an event widely estimated cost India $10 billion (£6.5 billion) to stage earlier this year and they were quickly written off as serious candidates.

The general feeling about their bid was summed up by Ron Clarke, the former multi world-record holder is now the Mayor of the Gold Coast. "They could be tough opponents even though it must be hard to imagine they have the accommodation necessary or have the facilities," he said a few days after their bid was announced.

There was little evidence over the ensuing six months that Hambantota, which is 129 miles south of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, were capable of mounting a credible challenge, even missing an opportunity in October to address the 71 members of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) at its annual Assembly on the eve of the Games in New Delhi.

But then the following month the first sign came that Hambantota should be taken seriously when Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed the country's Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal to head its bid committee, which also included Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and former Deputy Minister of Justice Dilan Perera.

As a sign of intent it sent a powerful message to the Gold Coast and the rest of the world.

Under Cabraal, who took over as the Governor of the Central Bank in 2006, Sri Lanka's economy has undergone what has been described as an economic miracle. He has doubled Sri Lanka's GDP, substantially brought down unemployment and reduced poverty in a country that has been ravaged by a civil war. Earlier this year Sri Lanka was upgraded to the status of a middle income country the International Monetary Fund.

At the centre of Sri Lanka's plans is the redevelopment of Hambantota, which was formerly an outpost for Britain when it had its Empire, but which is now increasingly becoming an important strategic shipping port less than 10 nautical miles north of the major east-west global shipping route across the Indian Ocean.

Bidding for the Commonwealth Games fits into Sri Lanka's master plan and could help accelerate even faster the growth there. "The way we see it is that Hambantota is going to be the news story about Sri Lanka," Cabraal told insidethegames in an exclusive interview. "We are building a new port, we are building a new international airport, and we are siting many industries there. We are transforming the entire south of the country. This is a fantastic opportunity we have to transform the whole country through Hambantota.

"So it sits well in that mega plan to host a Games of this nature because that will give us additional focus to move forward with a timeline. In mega projects you can sometimes be very dedicated to a certain cause but unless you do have a really good timeline you don't really get going. It's like a wedding – it's only when we you fix a date that everybody starts working towards that. Until that you just drift along.

"If we get to host the Games it would give us a very clear timetable with deliverables and list of times. It will give us discipline. We think it would be great to have an international event of this nature which will: A) put Sri Lanka on the international map; B) will give us that discipline; and C) assist in the transformation of the city. We have commitment right from the top so we are very excited about it."

There is little doubt that the fact that President Rajapaksa was born in Weerakatiya in the rural district of Hambantota is an important factor in the city's bid but Cabraal (pictured left with the President) claims that Hambantota has long been marked out for major investment.

"Although the President comes from Hambantota every single [previous] President in our country knew the potential of the south," said Cabraal. "And every single person wanted to do certain things but was never able to do it. They all had grandiose plans about the port, about the highways, about the infrastructure that was going to happen. But for the last 30 years I have heard this story myself but nothing happened. But now - perhaps because the President is from the south, perhaps because he is an energetic man - that it is happening. This is a dream that every Sri Lankan has had for many, many decades and now it is getting transformed into reality."

It would be a truly remarkable story if Hambantota was to host the Commonwealth Games less than 15 years after it was hit by the tsunami, an undersea earthquake that killed a total of more than 230,000 countries in 14 countries, including most of the population in Hambantota.

"Hambantota was devastated," said Cabraal. "If somebody had gone there just after Christmas in 2004 they would never ever dreamt we would be talking to somebody about rebuilding Hambantota and doing what we are doing. It was so badly devastated, so many thousands of people killed. Every single thing was destroyed.

"But today, if you go to Hambantota, you will not see a single trace of that tragedy. Of course, the pain is there, but physically you won't see a single piece of evidence of that. The roads have been re-done to a much better level than they were. Buildings have been put back. The port has been completed.

"We have a fantastic cricket ground that has been built for the World Cup. Things have happened that shows the energy that has been unleashed after the tsunami. It speaks volumes of the intentions and drive of the people there that they want now to put that behind them and move forward."

Much of the redevelopment of Hambantota, including the new port which it is predicted could become the biggest in the region, has been controversially funded by investment of up to $800 million (£515 million) by China. "China has invested in many visible projects but at the same time there has been enormous investment from the US, UK, Europe," said Cabraal. "But these have been somewhat invisible in the sense that investment has come in the form of Government bonds so you don't associate it with a particular project."

Cabraal claims to have raised $2 billion (£1.2 billion) in international bonds - double what China has invested into Sri Lanka – which has been used to build new infrastructure, including transport links and hospitals. Malaysia has invested heavily into the country's telecommunications and India the transportation programme, including the railways.

Some analysts have claimed that Sri Lanka is set to be the major economic success story of the first part of the 21st century. "We have shown some extraordinary results," said Cabraal. "It took us 56 years to reach $1,000 (£644) per capita income from the time we became independent [in 1948] but over the last five years we doubled it. It has been a fairly energetic journey which when you put it in context was done while we fighting a terrorist war as well. Now the war is over we have set ourselves a new target – that we will double per capita income again in five years."

Hambantota, like the rest of the south of Sri Lanka, was largely unaffected physically by the war, a 26-year conflict between the Government and the rebel Tamil Tigers which finally ended in 2009 and which killed up to 100,000 people. But the conflict badly stunted the country's development.

"As a country we were all affected," admitted Cabraal. "Investment got affected. Now the war is over the way people see Hambantota - the way they see every other part of the country - is different and that is another huge success factor that we have. After the war our stock market has nearly doubled from one trillion [rupees] it has gone to two trillion [rupees]."

Hambantota is already building a new 37,000-capacity stadium that it due to host matches in the Cricket World Cup next March. But Cabraal admits that they will need to build between 14 and 17 new facilities, including a stadium to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics, if they are awarded the Commonwealth Games. He estimates that the budget needed to host the Games will be between $3 and $5 billion (£2 and £3 billion).

"I need to sit down and see some solid stuff on the ground with proper structures which have to be translated into dollars and cents," Cabraal said. "Then I will get a proper picture. We are looking at a business model that will support whatever the cost is going to be. My job is to see that happening. When something needs to be done you have got to find the ways and means of financing it in the best manner.

"I think one of the reasons why the President may have selected me to head this bid is he is showing that business part of it is important as well. We have to deliver a Games that will not only be a great Games but also at the same time ensure there is a legacy, a cost benefit that has been thought through, that also is not going to hamper our economic freedom for the future.

"All those are factors I will certainly be giving plenty of thought to and making sure we have the right mix and the right balance to see that we can deliver and at the same time not cripple ourselves in the process and that it is going to be value for us. That's the challenge. My job is to see that value is created and that it is created at the right price. I'm confident that we can that."

But Cabraal sees the Commonwealth Games as being the start of Hambantota's journey, not the end. "It is not just a one-off Games and then we go into hibernation thereafter," he said. "We need to ensure that Hambantota will retain its ability to be attractive for the future. That is what is important as far as legacy is concerned."

As you would expect of someone who started his career as an accountant, Cabraal errs on the side of caution when it comes to planning the new facilities, particularly the stadium which always has the potential to be the biggest cost to any city when it hosts a major event.

"We have to make it as appropriate as possible," he said. "We don't want to go overboard and to make it in something we cannot maintain in the future. It will have to be fantastic, it will have to be something that people will talk about thereafter so they say that they went to the Hambantota Games and it was great.

"But at the same time we are not Beijing, we are not London, we are not Los Angeles. We have got to understand at what level we want to pitch it. But perhaps it will be the model for other developing nations to follow. I think there is plenty that is possible without going overboard with the costs. We don't want to just follow somebody's story. We want to create our own story."

Critics have claimed, perhaps unfairly, that Hambantota should not be awarded the Games after the problems that overshadowed the build-up to this year's event in Delhi, which included building delays, security problems and corruption claims. But Cabraal insists that their bid should not be handicapped because of what happened elsewhere.

"Each bid will have to be looked at on its own merits," insisted Cabraal, the founder chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee which developed the Code of Best Practice on Corporate Governance in Sri Lanka.

"What another country did or did not do, what they did right and what they did not do right, shouldn't really affect us. Every bid for every Games has some plus factors and some negative factors. The important thing is to learn all those lessons – not only from Delhi but from all the other cities, not only from the Commonwealth Games but also other Games. Look at what they did right and what they did not do right and then learn from those experiences and then structure our own Games accordingly.

"If you want to win cricket matches you've got to bat well, you've got to bowl well, you've got to field well. The rest of it comes only after you have done those three. Without dong the batting, bowling, fielding well there is no point talking about winning matches. So we've got to do that part right and only then will be in a position to look at other things."

The cricket analogy is an appropriate one for Cabraal, a keen player, who at school once shared a century stand with Roy Dias, the first Sri Lankan to reach 1,000 runs in test cricket."My contribution was two or three runs," laughed Cabraal.

The Gold Coast remains the favourites to be awarded the Games when the CGF votes on which city to award them too at its meeting in St Kitts and Nevis on November 11, 2011.

"They are a strong country, they are sports loving nation, they have shown the world that they believe in their sporting poweress which we respect," said Cabraal of his rivals. "We think they will be a great host someday but would like to see 2018 being Hambantota's turn."

Cabraal believes that if Hambantota is chosen to stage the Games then it will send a powerful message to the rest of the Commonwealth that the event belongs to them and not just a select group of developed countries like Australia, Canada and England.

"The majority of the members are still trying to move into the next level of prosperity in the world," he said. "We need to support them. If you do support them you will find that the path of progress will be even faster. I personally think that the best way of supporting countries is not to give them aid but work with them, give them opportunities.

"If you do that countries will move forward. We have done that in our own country in our own way with certain communities and certain groups. You find the more you empower them, the more you provide them with responsibility of doing certain things, they grow faster. That is important.

"So perhaps Hambantota's bid might an opportunity to the Commonwealth to recognise the potential of countries and cities. If that happens perhaps it will encourage other cities also from other countries to put up their hands and say, 'Okay let us do it too'."

To read more about the 2018 Commonwealth Games click here.

Duncan Mackay is the editor of insidethegames

SOURCE: http://www.insidethegames.biz/bigread/11401-hambantota-must-be-taken-seriously-under-sri-lanka-bank-governor-

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Reminds me of Macbeth's line from Scene 5, Act 5..."a tale...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". For example:

  • Where are the guarantees that the same incompetencies that have seen the problems that have given the ICC cause to warn the Sri Lankans over the failure to meet hosting agreements re the construction and fit out of stands? (The so-called "fabulous cricket ground" hasn't been completed yet)
  • Where are the concrete and existing structures in place to ensure that the local athletes will surpass their truly woeful performance at both the 2010 CGs and Asiad games?
  • Where are the financial and social guarantees that the all local disadvantaged will be fully employed and gain definitive economic benefit from a Hambantota games (a very valid point considering that current infrastructure is totally dependent upon Chinese aid and labour)?
  • Why must Hambantota pitch itself as a bid that stands on some kind of equal opportunity premise...political correctness and some reaction against perceived and fallacious notions of neo-colonialism shouldn't give a bid precedence. It's about concrete and quantifiable structures and policies?
  • Where is the appropriate discussion of how much of Sri Lanka's fiscal wealth is tied in with Rajapaksa's family and political cronies...for example whilst war veterans are being given housing by the Rajapaksa government the country has missed out on $150 million of EU trade concessions thanks to the refusal of the government to allow the UN to send a war crimes panel to meet with local civilians? There has actually been a 12 percent decrease in foreign investment in Sri Lanka for the first 9 months of 2010 contrasted with last year under this government's policies of non-cooperation with the UN?
  • How equitable/affordable will ticket distribution be to any Hambantota CGs?
  • How will Hambantota's potential success in hosting a CGs influence the Federation's financial position, television rights etc etc?
  • What health and safety structures will be put in place for athletes competing in a sub tropical area which has already suffered from cyclonic damage and flooding on a recurring basis

Inside The Games are perfectly within rights to print puff pieces, however this is sloppy op-ed writing which fails to give full balance to the built-on-sand promises of the Hambantota bid. One thing I will agree with Cabraal on...Hambantota's bid shouldn't be handicapped on what happened elsewhere. It should be dismissed for what is happening (or not happening) right there on the ground right now.

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ICC highlights World Cup venue chaos concerns . . .

Time for transparency

December 19, 2010, 9:08 pm

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There is a lot of tip-toeing and whispering going on over a variety of issues in Maitland Place these days, Yahaluweni.

Ah yes, the enclave of the government appointed Interim Committee, aka Sri Lanka Cricket, and its off-spring, known as the organising secretariat for the World Cup 2011, are not so much worried about treading on broken eggshells; more like broken promises.

It has been written so often in these files how the three World Cup venues for the 2011 extravaganza are way behind schedule on delivery, that it is almost a cliché. Now there are serious concerns which many seem to be trying to hide behind political rhetoric.

All this fails to ignore how the International Cricket Council’s inspection team have heavily criticised not only the refurbishing taking place in India at two venues, Eden Gardens and where the event’s final is to take place, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Partly hidden in the report released, like Wikileaks, to certain media, is heavy criticism of Sri Lanka’s three venues for the event.

What has long been a major problem in subcontinent sports administration is how those involved fail to understand something as simple as the concept of meeting a deadline. The question that should be asked and this is telling the political ‘bada’ not to get involved in matters they fail to understand, is how this was allowed to happen. A deadline is a deadline and those responsible are trying to duck such issues.

Now it is being suggested in India that two of Sri Lanka’s three troubled venues will face similar criticism and there is the possibility the Hambantota venue is so far behind that it needs another four months to be ready. Of course officials will deny all the comments and the reports on websites and in newspapers.

Professor Eugene van Vurren, an internationally respected South African architect, and the ICC’s stadium consultant, designed and built the famed Centurion Test venue, now known as SuperSport Park, in 1986. The venue took 10 months to build on a plot of land on the banks on the Hennops River.

It was a venue that won an international design for Professor van Vurren, who in his student days at Pretoria University was a fair top order batsman as well as a change bowler. He was the ICC consultant in 2003 (South Africa) and 2007 (the Caribbean).

This explains how well he knows his job and the requirements needed for the building of stadiums. It is his design on which Pallekele is based and why it has excited those of us who have seen it; a venue of great value in the central island.

This being the case, the question is: why then has it taken more than a year to build the venue at Hambantota to host two games? There are some reasons, the isolated area is one where building materials need to be shipped in. This, however, fails to excuse how it has taken so long to get it ready.

Already, it has been confirmed that the ICC are looking at back up venues if Hambantota is not ready, with Dambulla being one. Why such a state of affairs has been allowed to happen is disturbing enough. What is even more worrying is why there seems to be no accountability or transparency over this issue. As written last week, it gives an overlaid third world image.

What is also worrying, is what has happened to the reports on the Sri Lanka venues when Clive Lloyd led the inspection team that went on to India. What has been pointed out and there needs to be some cognizance of such an issue as this one. Already the ICC has pointed out in their report certain facts which seem to have been overlooked by far too many involved in a wild scramble to deny the comments.

Remarks saying that other than the building of the venue, there are a number of other areas at the grounds that need to be completed before any of the games for the event can be played. One is landscaping and the required beautification of the venues; another is the interior finishing and furnishing; a third is installation of efficient entry gates along with certification by local authorities, along with the provisional infrastructure mechanism to house the World Cup organisers and ICC officials involved in the running of the game.

The venue inspection team head has expressed how the ICC team is dissatisfied over at preparedness of the three Sri Lankan stadiums to be used for the event: Khettarama, Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele in Kandy. What has disconcerted the ICC inspection has been the almost easygoing way the issue has been tackled by those in charge.

The website cricketnext.com said in a report that also appeared in Indian Express and Deccan Herald, that the interim report ends with the worrying comment, "It will be necessary to re-inspect the venues and take a decision on the viability of staging the World Cup matches as currently scheduled."

No doubt the local ICC organising secretariat guys will issue suggestions how the reports are misleading and that the venues will be delivered on time, mid-January. This is not the point of the issue. What is taking place should never have been allowed to happen in the first place and where SLC need to explain such failures.

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Mo...oops, I mean Rafa...your repost is the same as the one I posted earlier in the Spirit of Delhi thread :)

Of course with some of our defensive jingoistic posters you need to post things twice so they get the message :lol:

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Why would anyone wanna go to this place. I neva heard of it until reading the forums and from wat I read from that guy gamesl it sounds like nothings there but a port for Cinese ships? And he hates Aussies too which is dumb coz we won the most gold medals in Melbourne and Delhi. Also didn't we give money to them when they got wiped out with the tsunami? They should hold the commonwealth games in the Gold Coast and then maybe take them to London or someplace in Canada.

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All this trumpeting of Sri Lanka's recent economic success means little.

Who is to say such a revival will continue. Similar economic circumstances existed in Ireland only a few years ago. Now the Irish economy is truly in a bust cycle.

When boasting of economic success, the best note to sing is one of on-going, stable economic growth......something Sri Lanka cannot offer.

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All this trumpeting of Sri Lanka's recent economic success means little.

Who is to say such a revival will continue. Similar economic circumstances existed in Ireland only a few years ago. Now the Irish economy is truly in a bust cycle.

When boasting of economic success, the best note to sing is one of on-going, stable economic growth......something Sri Lanka cannot offer.

Certainly there is considerable reason to doubt the economic capability of Sri Lanka (or more specifically the Rajapaksan oligarchy) in keeping the resources in place to sustain the development needed for among other things funding a Commonwealth Games. And considering that due to local problems Sri Lanka is relying on importing basic foods like coconuts, chickens and eggs after the failure of their efforts to increase production to meet demand, well it seems ridiculous to go cap in hand to the Chinese asking for money to develop a flood prone village into a major sports centre.

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Certainly there is considerable reason to doubt the economic capability of Sri Lanka (or more specifically the Rajapaksan oligarchy) in keeping the resources in place to sustain the development needed for among other things funding a Commonwealth Games. And considering that due to local problems Sri Lanka is relying on importing basic foods like coconuts, chickens and eggs after the failure of their efforts to increase production to meet demand, well it seems ridiculous to go cap in hand to the Chinese asking for money to develop a flood prone village into a major sports centre.

:lol: :lol: go help Queensland loser without bragging , half of it is under water the poor people over their would need some help

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Why would anyone wanna go to this place. I neva heard of it until reading the forums and from wat I read from that guy gamesl it sounds like nothings there but a port for Cinese ships? And he hates Aussies too which is dumb coz we won the most gold medals in Melbourne and Delhi. Also didn't we give money to them when they got wiped out with the tsunami? They should hold the commonwealth games in the Gold Coast and then maybe take them to London or someplace in Canada.

well well i am successful then :):rolleyes: hey mate oz great country but misrepresented by few jokers here.you should check the other side of my posts i hate no one :)

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well well i am successful then :):rolleyes: hey mate oz great country but misrepresented by few jokers here.you should check the other side of my posts i hate no one :)

Your a BS artist. And don't call me mate. You never give a straight answer except to show drawings and then abuse people because they look into things more than you do. I may be new on here but I can already see that unlike the people like Aronious and Eusebius and Rafa you have no idea about what a commonwealth games means. What a clown.

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Your a BS artist. And don't call me mate. You never give a straight answer except to show drawings and then abuse people because they look into things more than you do. I may be new on here but I can already see that unlike the people like Aronious and Eusebius and Rafa you have no idea about what a commonwealth games means. What a clown.

eusebius65 is this you :lol: :lol: be a man come from your real account coward :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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eusebius65 is this you :lol: :lol: be a man come from your real account coward :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Get over yourself you moronic and deluded acolyte of Papa Rajapaksa. Or do you need someone to pay for your account like the Chinese and Koreans are paying for anything to do with your deluded bid. Yet again how about reminding us how Hambantota has failed to deliver on the sole piece of infrastructure that was promised to be complete by the deadline first set and promised for the completion of the monument to your Dear Leader (remember that date 30th November 2010...the ICC are still waiting for the three Sri Lankan grounds to be finished). Or what about the streams of athletes from countries other than your poor benighted land who actually want to come to your Albert Speer-like fishing village with delusions of grandeur. I know, what about the proud record of Sri Lankan medallists at the recent Commonwealth or Asian Games? Then there is the inability of the Hambantota bid committee to even send a single delegate to the Delhi 2010 CGs, waiting until the closing ceremony to get an invite from the likes of Suresh Kalmadi for the Sinhalese Duce to attend (I guess one suspected civil criminal would feel right at home with a man who has been repeatedly blocking the UN from sending human rights investigators to the KZ's that still dot the north of your country).

Perhaps we should ask you to provide some logic as to how suitable Hambantota is when it comes to accommodation? But of course that'd mean you doing some actual research and quoting more than the one or two puff pieces written with the help of press releases from the same government that has Hambantota as the same base as the Cosa Nostra use Agrigento or Syracuse. And when the answer comes back that there are less than 300 rooms available right now, less than 6 weeks before the ICC world cup starts again your silence on real evidential matters will be deafening.

Your government has only just been embarrassed by the absolute lack of support from the gurus behind the F1, having been told before anything like a Grand Prix can be held in Sri Lanka you need to develop a go kart track. That's of the same standard as telling someone you need to build a kiddies pool before you can hope to even enter the race to host an international swimming championship. You make imbecilic references to the floods in Queensland which are having absolutely nil impact on the existing facilities on the Gold Coast whilst staying deathly silent about the floods in your own country (where by your own admittance rain has stopped the locals on delivering on time the venues they promised to the ICC).

I've exuded far more intelligent, more credible and attractive matter that have since disappeared down the S Bend than your feeble and jingoistic utterances. Do everyone a favour and disappear up your own fundament.

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Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation to build a five-star hotel in Hambanthota

Dec 30, Colombo: State-owned Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) has announced that it will construct a five-star hotel in Hambantota in the South.

The construction will begin next year and the hotel will be operational by 2013, the Managing Director of SLIC Mohan De Alwis said.

He says that the hotel is an investment of Rs. 3 to 4 billion funded entirely by the SLIC.

The 200-room hotel will be run by Sri Lanka Insurance Resorts and Spa Private Limited, a subsidiary of SLIC.

Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation is also currently looking for a suitable internationally well known partner to help them manage and market the hotel, reports say.

The hotel is the first 'star class' leisure facility to come up in Hambantota and it is located close to the Peacock Beach.

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Ohhh a five star hotel is going to be built in Hambantota...yippee.

Let's see what the Gold Coast has shall we:

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

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Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

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Azzura Greens Resort

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Crowne Plaza Gold Tower

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Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort

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Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast

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Need I go on? I mean right now Hambantota's accommodation stacks up like a 3 year old standing next to John Holmes in a public urinal. To paraphrase Gerturde Stein "Hambantota...there's no there there". :D

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Oh oh...looks like the Chinese might not want to keep investing good money after bad in Sri Lankan redevelopments...

Chinese investment zone in troubled waters

By Bandula Sirimanna

Work at the 161-acre dedicated Chinese Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Mirigama has come to a grinding halt due to some disagreements between the Chinese investor entrusted with the task of setting up and managing the zone and the Sri Lanka Board of Investment (BOI), informed sources said.

The Chinese conglomerate Huichen Investment (Holdings) (Pvt) Ltd is planning to abandon the project due to the failure of the authorities to fulfill their requirements, in accordance with the agreement, a local representative of the company said. The company has already developed infrastructure necessary for the setting up of the Special Economic Zone.

The newly developed SEZ was to have standard buildings, which will enable investors to invest on factories. Internal roads, water and power capacity was to be enhanced in addition to sewerage and other facilities. The newly developed SEZ was also planning to have standard buildings, which will enable investors to invest on factories.

These activities have now been halted, he said. Political analysts said the Chinese engagement at Mirigama is in the wider context of the Sri Lanka Government’s enhanced relationship with China in the post-war era where China is involved in a series of projects including the Hambantota port and airport and the Norochcholai Coal power plant. Concessionary loans from China has also been flowing in since relations between the Government and the West turned sour over human rights issues.

A senior official of the BOI told the Business Times that Huichen Investment Holdings (Pvt) Ltd has made a request from them to set up a tourist resort at the Mirigama SEZ and they are waiting for the approval of the Tourist Board on this proposal. He said that the company has not informed them officially about any plan to abandon the project. However, he noted that the work at the zone has been stopped midway due to the delay in granting approval for the tourist resort project. \

The Chinese investors are looking at developing facilities such as hotels and restaurants. For this purpose, approval of the Tourist Board is necessary. The company’s earlier interests had extended to a wide range of economic sectors and activities such as machinery and equipment, electric motor-cycles, light vehicle assembly, manufacturing buses, ambulances and agricultural machinery but not the tourist resort projects, he added.

According to the development plan, notable construction at the SEZ will include an administrative building, supermarkets, banks and office areas. The Chinese investors are also looking at developing facilities such as hotels and restaurants. Houses for workers will be provided within the industrial block.

The BOI SEZ at Mirigama has a 33 KW power supply from the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). The zone is well equipped including drinking water in keeping with WHO standards.

Good road links to the zone can accommodate heavy vehicles and it has a wastewater treatment plant to cope with sewerage needs. The BOI signed an agreement in June 2009 with Chinese conglomerate Huichen Investment (Holdings) (Pvt) Ltd to set up and manage a dedicated Chinese Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Mirigama.

The Chinese company had agreed to invest US$ 28 million under Phase I and further investments to be made in the next phases.

Twenty-nine Chinese companies had been already identified and they were to commence their enterprises in the SEZ at Mirigama and these industries were generate avenues of direct employment for 200 people.

A failure of local authorities to live up to agreements and live up to responsibilities...hmmmm, sound familiar?

ICC Agitated Over Lack Of Progress

Such a shame that these Sri Lankan media reports don't stick to the party line give by Lord Haw Haw Hambantota. I mean it must be so disheartening to see something resembling investigative journalism being carried out in his utopian Commonwealth Games superpower. :D

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Oh oh...looks like the Chinese might not want to keep investing good money after bad in Sri Lankan redevelopments...

A failure of local authorities to live up to agreements and live up to responsibilities...hmmmm, sound familiar?

ICC Agitated Over Lack Of Progress

Such a shame that these Sri Lankan media reports don't stick to the party line give by Lord Haw Haw Hambantota. I mean it must be so disheartening to see something resembling investigative journalism being carried out in his utopian Commonwealth Games superpower. :D

:D Did this article made you so happy poor coward,stop taking those LSDs.surely mirigama is not in hambanotota and this will not increase the opportunity of your half flooded desert area bid.

And you dont need to worry about Huichen Investment (Holdings) (Pvt) Ltd investments.this article does not even say what is their requirement (to know if its fair or not). officials will do their best to keep them and well if not find another one whose requirements can be met .

And their are enough hotels in the coastal belt and more hotels are coming up to meet the demands of booming tourism industry

Sri Lanka No.2 in World's Twenty Best Tourist Destinations - National Geographic Channel 2010

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Well, the biggest problem seems to be India's in fairness, but this doesn't read well for Sri Lanka either:

India and Sri Lanka, the two largest cricketing nations [of the three hosting], have failed to meet the deadlines given to them by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which was November 30, 2010 to have all the grounds ready for play.

While, three grounds in Sri Lanka are still under construction, the most criticised venues in the interim report of the ICC, headed by ICC events manager Chris Tetley, are Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which is where the final is supposed to be played. The grounds have been given a grace period of 45 days. This means they must be ready by January 15, 2011.

It seems from reading the articles above that Sri Lankan cricketers aren't especially happy either as they were to practice at these venues in order to get some home advantage. This will be all but lost.

So which ever way you spin it (no pun intended), this isn't the image Sri Lanka ought to be projecting, ESPECIALLY since they couldn't be bothered to do a presentation to the CWGF before Delhi 2010 commenced.

What will the H2018 OC say when asked why they couldn't meet the deadline for having their stadiums ready by the CWGF?

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Has the bid issued a logo yet?

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