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Mattala int'l airport to breathe new life for Hambantota

Lack of water for drinking and irrigation was one of the biggest problems the Hambantota area faced. Even the former Government Agent and legendary writer Sir Leonard Woolf had mentioned this in his books as well as in his reports.

There were a few lakes which had all turned green with weeds and polluted water while the adjoining land was barren and seemed like a desert.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that one of the first things the population in the area wanted from them was a solution to this burning problem.

"Today, thanks to the mammoth... read more

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Sri Lanka spends 100 million on bid only

It was revealed yesterday that it cost Sri Lanka a mammoth sum of a hundred million rupees to submit its bid to host the Commonwealth Games in Hambantota in 2018.

The amount for just the bid surpasses all costs that Sri Lanka has ever incurred to host any sporting event in the country according to analysts and estimates.

Sri Lanka will be competing against Australia’s fastest growing city Gold Coast to secure the bid.

An official of the National Olympic Committee who did not wish to be quoted told the media yesterday at a promotional launch that while Sri Lanka may go flat out to win the bid, the country lacked the capacity to host the 72-nation Games which is second only to the Olympics.

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Sri Lanka prepares model in bid for Commonwealth Games

Mar 18, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has prepared a model with 20 key venues and facilities in its bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the southern town of Hambantota, the central bank said in a statement.

The organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2018 Candidate City Hambantota is preparing an "attractive" bid document under the 15 stipulated themes to be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), it said.

The model of Sri Lanka's Games City which includes an athletics stadium, an aquatic centre, a multi-sports complex, a velodrome stadium and a hockey stadium is to be unveiled on Saturday.

The recently built Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota also serves as a key venue of the city plan and all other sites including the Games Village are to be constructed around the cricket stadium.

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper is scheduled to visit the proposed games city at the weekend.

"The key purpose of the CEO’s visit to Sri Lanka will be to understand the steps being taken by Hambantota as a Candidate City for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to assess the commitment and preparedness of the city towards hosting the games," the statement said.

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Sri Lanka sees interest from Marriot, Hyatt

Mar 23, 2011 (LBO) - International hotel chains Marriot and Hyatt have shown interest in Sri Lanka's southern Hambantota city, which is bidding for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, an official said.

Sri Lanka's tourist development authority chief Nalaka Godahewa said Marriot and Hyatt have looked for land in Hambantota to build hotels, though no applications have yet been made to authorities.

The two chains may build hotels of 200 rooms each in Hambantota which will form part of a 'sports city' if Sri Lanka wins the Commonwealth Games bid, Godahewa said.

The sports city is expected to need about 4,000 rooms he said.

Hambantota is a coastal city and Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa's home constituency, which has seen major investments into infrastructure including a port and airport.

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:mellow: All of a sudden the Sri Lanka bid looks good...It is clear to me that Hambantota wishes to use the CWGs as catalyst for growth in this new region, and stimulate the entire country economically. Isn't this what the Commonwealth is all about???

There is still a more likely chance of Gold Coast hosting 2018 as only to be a pair of very safe hands. But if I was in the GC bid team, I'd wouldn't want to be too blase about a guarenteed victory...

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I guess that's where the $100 million bid budget is being spent.

Nice touch with the elephants - good to give the CGF a reminder of what they just went through in Delhi!

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I guess that's where the $100 million bid budget is being spent.

Nice touch with the elephants - good to give the CGF a reminder of what they just went through in Delhi!

LOL Harsh! And FYI the bid budget was 100 million rupees (911,826.40 USD at the moment). Its not bad but 100 millions rupees is a lot of money in SL, hence the outcry by some people.

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The Tamil areas of Sri Lanka are in the far north - Hambantota is on the far southern coast. I think that the bid is not a collosal waste of money - it may help speed up funding for rebuilding efforts since the town was basically wiped off the map due to the 2004 tsunami and the bid - good or bad - will bring a measure of attention to the area.

There is no way the CGF will award Sri Lanka the Games - even Colombo would be a stretch.

I was hoping for a surprise last minute bid from Asia - maybe Singapore or even Malaysia - Kota or KL. I know there was some talk of a bid last time I was in KL - but ah well. Another CGs to attend on home soil!

Singapore won't be ready before 2013. New 55,000 seated stadium has not yet been built.

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^^^ This is for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Singapore could have easily proposed the new sports hub as a key site, with other existing venues in the city. It would have cited the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics as it's ability to host large events.

Heck, a 2013 readiness of most venues is still better than Hambantota's 2016 readiness proposal.

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Singapore have better things to worry about. Hambantota port etc

The progress of Hambantota Airport

President inspects the progress of Sri Lanka's second international airport

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Singapore have better things to worry about. Hambantota port etc

The progress of Hambantota Airport

President inspects the progress of Sri Lanka's second international airport

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This bid should not deserve to win.

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Singapore have better things to worry about. Hambantota port etc

They wont have to worry about Hambantota for at least another 30 years. IIRC they haven't even got a proper ship to dock there yet. They've only got a few ships in there for familiarization reasons (ie to turn around inside the port without actually docking).

This bid should not deserve to win.

Why? Im somewhat skeptical of the bid but it does deserve to have its bid considered. Their 'sports city' looks pretty impressive IMHO.

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Another Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games gold medallist is embroiled in a damaging drugs scandal after weightlifer Chinthana Vidanage (pictured), who carried the country's flag in New Delhi last year, tested positive for a banned stimulant and is facing a suspension.

Vidanage, who won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and silver in the 69 kg category in Delhi, returned a positive drug test for methylhexaneamine at the Asian Championships in China's Anhui province last month, it has been reported.

He has been provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation.

The 29-year-old was among four of Sri Lanka's leading competitors who last month were unveiled by officials bidding for Hambantota to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games as part of an Athletes Commission to help provide advice during the campaign.

"These athletes bring their experience and passion to a bid that promises a compelling combination of tradition and excitement," said Nivard Cabraal, the chairman of Hambantota 2018 when introducing the panel, including Vidanage.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/commonwealth-games/2018/13054-sri-lanka-in-new-drugs-scandal-after-hambantota-2018-ambassador-tests-positive

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They wont have to worry about Hambantota for at least another 30 years. IIRC they haven't even got a proper ship to dock there yet. They've only got a few ships in there for familiarization reasons (ie to turn around inside the port without actually docking).

Why? Im somewhat skeptical of the bid but it does deserve to have its bid considered. Their 'sports city' looks pretty impressive IMHO.

Ya they deserve a chance but dont deserve to win.

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Another bid race, another inflammatory British doco.

Sigh! Not what SL would wanna see.

Footage may hurt Hambantota Games bid

THE Hambantota Commonwealth Games bid team has been embarrassed by the controversially timed broadcast of a British documentary purportedly revealing footage of war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Government.

Sri Lanka has been left reeling from the international uproar after the worldwide release of the documentary titled Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, which reportedly shows horrific atrocities committed by both the government and the Tamil Tigers in the final months of the 25-year civil war in 2009.

The Commonwealth Games Federation Evaluation Commission -- which includes commission head Louise Martin and Commonwealth Games chief executive Mike Hooper -- is currently in Sri Lanka for a four-day inspection after visiting the Gold Coast last week.

The Channel 4 documentary, which included secretly filmed footage allegedly of hospitals being repeatedly attacked by government forces and patients, women and children slaughtered, has sparked angry demands for an independent inquiry.

The United Nations has authenticated the terrible footage but the Sri Lankan Government is claiming it was falsified in an attempt to tarnish the country and is now threatening to sue the British television station.

British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said he was shocked by the horrific scenes in the documentary which had convincing evidence of violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws.

"The whole of the international community will expect the Sri Lankans to give a serious and full response to this evidence," he said after it was broadcast in Britain.

Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who is also co-chairman of the Hambantota 2018 bid, dismissed the footage as fabricated.

Gold Coast Bulletin(well, they WOULD report it!)

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Hambantota 2018: the most compact design concept the games have ever seen

ALAN LAFLEUR / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/HAMBANTOTA, Jun 28: Today the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Evaluation Commission is visiting the second of two 2018 candidate cities, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. The commission spent four days at the competitor, the Gold Coast, last week.

The commission was treated with a tour of what is considered to be the most compact design concepts that have ever been developed for the Commonwealth Games.

The Sri Lanka Sports Minister and Co-Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, had this to say about the design process for these compact games: “We’ve listened to athletes and put functionality and convenience at the forefront of the planning and design process.”

That design process has led to all but three competition venues in a single cluster. The cluster will also house the Games Village and most of the training facilities. Most athletes will not have to travel more than 1km to their respective competition or training venues.

The plan sounds great for the athletes but what about the spectators of the event? How will Hambantota keep it from becoming one big traffic jam getting from event to event? The plan is to have two main boulevards, with entertainment all around, that will provide pedestrian-only access to the venues. The plan looks detailed enough that spectator traffic should be accounted for.

Another great thing about the design of the Hambantota 2018’s bid is the access to the international airport. The main cluster is only 13km from the airport and will be accessible by new road and rail.

The Hambantota 2018 plan is part of a bigger national journey called, ‘Taking Sri Lanka to 2020.’ Each venue will be financed and owned by the government and each come with defined legacy goals. One goal is that the Multi-Sport Complex will house a National Sports Museum. However, the goals do not just include sport. The Exhibition Centre will be used for Bollywood productions. The goal will be to have Hambantota one of the five future ‘metro cities’ for Sri Lanka and to have a mixed-zone ‘live, work, and play’ environment.

Hambantota, Sri Lanka is up against the Gold Coast, Australia to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The CGF is due to choose the host city at its meeting in St Kitts and Nevis on 11 November 2011.

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Progress of Hambantota development

Hambantota International Convention Center

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Hambantota Administration Complex

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Hambantota Airport

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Looks like the Sochi of the Commies.

Huge difference is RUssia's economy is about 20X the size of Lankas.

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