Sri Lanka to pitch for international sporting event

Chandi Dharmaratne

May 31, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka plans to bid for another international sporting event shortly, an official said, months after spending hundreds of millions of rupees on a failed bid to win the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Vipuala Wanigasekera, Sri Lanka Tourism’s acting director general declined to specify the games, but said the bidding documents were being prepared.

“I can’t tell you the name because the bid is about to be submitted in the next two days to the organisation, an evasive Wanigasekera told businessmen on Wednesday during the Singapore-Sri Lanka business forum in Colombo.

“Hopefully, you will hear the announcement within the next two weeks,” he said.

Wanigasekera’s optimism comes after Sri Lanka lost to Australia’s Gold Coast in Saint Kitts last year, to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In April, Sports Minister MahindananadaAluthgamage said the lengthy bidding process cost the island 880 million rupees, mostly raised through public and private organisations.

Among the biggest sporting events hosted in Sri Lanka include two cricket World Cups (in 1996 and 2011), where the country was the co-hosts.

The Indian Ocean Island also hosted a 12-nation Champions Trophy cricket tournam