POSTED: September 27th 2011

Hambantota 2018 welcomes the Oceania delegation to view the bid plan

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Hambantota 2018 bid for the Commonwealth Games has now received the last continental region to inspect the Sri Lankan proposal as the Oceania team landed in the city.

They represent the countries of Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue Islands, Norfolk Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

Hambantota 2018 Organising Committee Co-Chairman and Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, said, “We are very excited to welcome our friends from the Oceania region and anticipate that they will be impressed by the phenomenal development which is transforming Hambantota into an economic and cultural hub.

"Many of the delegates come from islands not unlike Sri Lanka and we aim to put forward a model for how a small island nation can stage a world-class event.”

The members were met in Colombo by Commonwealth Games Association president, Mr Hemasiri Fernando, to discuss how Hambantota 2018 would host “a life-changing games”.

The Oceania delegation will carry out a three day visit and listen to presentations about the bid plan and have an opportunity to see the proposed layout of the venues.

The delegation will also have an opportunity to enjoy some local tourism attractions such as a private trip on the “Viceroy Special”, a 75-year old luxury steam locomotive taking them through some of the most suggestive scenery and also pay a visit to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. 

The final vote for the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be on November 11 at the General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis.

Keywords · Hambantota 2018 · Commonwealth Games Federation · Ajith Nivard Cabraal

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