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Sri Lanka prepares model in bid for Commonwealth Games

Mar 18, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has prepared a model with 20 key venues and facilities in its bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the southern town of Hambantota, the central bank said in a statement. "The key purpose of the CEO’s visit to Sri Lanka will be to understand the steps being taken by Hambantota as a Candidate City for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to assess the commitment and preparedness of the city towards hosting the games," the statement said. The organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2018 Candidate City Hambantota is preparing an "attractive" bid document under the 15 stipulated themes to be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), it said.

The model of Sri Lanka's Games City which includes an athletics stadium, an aquatic centre, a multi-sports complex, a velodrome stadium and a hockey stadium is to be unveiled on Saturday.

The recently built Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota also serves as a key venue of the city plan and all other sites including the Games Village are to be constructed around the cricket stadium.

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper is scheduled to visit the proposed games city at the weekend.

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