CGF Delegation Inspects Hambantota 2018

A delegation from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in Asia began a visit to Sri Lanka Friday to inspect Hambantota’s bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The visit is the last in a series of regional “inward missions” ahead of a vote next month on the host city for 2018.

According to Hambantota 2018, everything other than the Velodrome is being developed regardless of the outcome of the bid. Major infrastructure developments are already taking place, including a new sea port, international airport, high capacity public transport system and new road network.

Also under construction is the futuristic “Sports City” that will feature 90 per cent of the venues and facilities for the 2018 Games.

The Hambantota 2018 Organising Committee’s vision is for a full sporting calendar which will please the fans “long fanatical” about cricket and now embracing a host of other sports.

Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Hambantota 2018 Organising Committee Co-Chairman and Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka explained the Hambantota 2018 emblem. He said, “the Hambantota 2018 emblem features eight pairs of hands in the colours of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). Each pair of hands is pressed together, palms together and fingers pointed outwards. This symbolizes Anjali Mudra, the hand gesture practiced throughout Asia and the continent’s eight Commonwealth members. It as the same meaning as is the customary spoken Sanskrit greeting Namaste”.

The delegation will be in Sri Lanka until October 10. The CGF chooses the host city at its General Assembly in St. Kitts and Nevis on November 11.