A 60-strong Sri-Lankan delegation has arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis to learn if Hambantota will be elected host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The conference began Monday, with the crucial vote from the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to take place Friday.
According to a Hambantota 2018 press release, 87 per cent of the Sri Lankan population is backing the bid, and in Hambantota it rises to 99 per cent.
Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Hambantota 2018 Organising Committee Co-Chairman and Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, said, “a Hambantota 2018 Games will secure long-term social and economic benefits and drive sustainable development throughout our unified nation. It will make such a difference to the lives of young people in Sri Lanka and deliver a legacy with huge benefits for future generations. But it will also be life-changing for our friends throughout the Commonwealth”.
He added, “we want to share our enthusiasm for these Games and show that other countries can get involved. The Hambantota 2018 bid will also give huge encouragement to the other 61 nations that have never hosted the Games and may wish to do so”.