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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 07.05 GMT

2018 CWG: 'Sports City' model unveiled


A large-scale model of the 'Sports City' to be built in the Hambantota Sports Zone was unveiled by Parliamentarian Mr. Namal Rajapaksa in the presence of Mike Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Sri Lanka is competing with Gold Coast of Australia to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Hambantota. The ultramodern development now under construction will feature 90 percent of the venues and facilities for the 2018 Games. The construction work will be completed in 2016.

The City will consist 20 sporting venues including an Athletics Stadium with full warm-up and training facilities, Hockey Stadium, International Aquatics Centre, International Sports Complex to stage both indoor and outdoor sports, Indoor Arena, Velodrome, 18-Hole Golf Course, Exhibition Centre, and a state-of-the-art Games Village featuring the highest quality accommodation and support facilities for athletes with an on-site training village.

The new Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium which successfully hosted two ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches will also become a part of this massive Sports City.

A retail complex and range of world-class hotels and resorts are in the plans to be opened near the sports compound.

In addition to the facilities for hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this Zone will have Universities, Sports training and coaching facilities, and it will also become an information technology centre, said Mr. Namal Rajapaksa.

He said it is envisaged to build universities specializing in sports, business, information technology, and media in the Sports Zone, he added.







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