Sri Lanka to push adventure sports tourism

Oct 15, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is on the mark to push adventure sports tourism, riding the country’s geographical diversity following the conclusion of ‘Raid Amazones 2009’, an adventure sports event for women. Raid Amazones, one of the world’s biggest multi sport adventure events for women was worked out in Dambulla in central Sri Lanka over the weekend, with foreign and local participants taking part in mountain biking, trekking and aqua sports.

“I m already thinking of organizing a new event, an adventure raid for everybody with more competition and harder than the Raid Amazones, organizer of the race, Alexandre Debbane said.

“It will be about crossing Sri Lanka in about a week.”

“It will be tough ¦ may be next year. That’s what I m planning with my team,” he said.

Over 250 women mostly from France took part in the sports adventure where they had to go canoeing in the Kandalama tank, a man-made reservoir, mountain bike a 40-kilometre route on hilly areas and trek 15 km to Kaludiya Pokuna, an ancient pond near Dambulla.

Organizers say Sri Lanka’s diverse landscape has the potential for adventur