Hambantota, the Candidate City for Commonwealth Games in 2018

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  • BID ACHIEVED GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR SRI LANKA

    Bidding for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has delivered huge benefits for Hambantota and for the whole nation of Sri Lanka, the co-chair of the bid said today. "The bid was a tremendous platform for us to promote Sri Lanka to more than 70 countries across the world...

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  • SRI LANKA TO USE COMMONWEALTH GAMES BID AS CATALYST FOR LIFE-CHANGING DEVELOPMENT

    11 November 2011, 18:00 AST – Sri Lanka will continue the large-scale investment set-out in its ‘life-changing’ Hambantota 2018 bid to...

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  • HAMBANTOTA 2018 BID HAS BUILT TRUST IN CAPABILITY TO DELIVER LIFE-CHANGING GAMES

    10 November 2011 – On the eve of the vote to decide the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the leaders of the Hambantota 2018 bid have said...

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  • HAMBANTOTA PUTS A SMILE ON ST KITTS SUMMIT

    09 November 2011 – The team behind Sri Lanka’s Hambantota 2018 bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games has brought its own blend of island charm and carnival to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) summit on the Caribbean island of St Kitts.

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  • HAMBANTOTA TO EMULATE IMPACT OF KUALA LUMPUR 1998

    08 November 2011 – Those leading Sri Lanka’s ‘life-changing’ Hambantota 2018 bid to host its first Commonwealth Games have drawn parallels with the ‘extraordinary sporting and economic change’ enjoyed by Malaysia in bidding for and hosting the 1998 Games.

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  • It`s now widely known that Sri Lanka`s deep south city Hamabntota has made a successful bid to become the host city for Commonwealth Games in 2018. Under the direction of the bid committee with the auspices of the government, Hambantota has a strong chance of winning this bid.

Bid Highlights

  • Special ‘visa on arrival’ arrangements will be in place during the 2018 Commonwealth Games...

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  • A Government-led project, with a strong financial commitment, fully supported by Guarantees...

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  • A highly compact Games concept – over 90% of venues, the Commonwealth Games Village and Main Media Centre...

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  • The unique legacy opportunity of creating a new ‘Sports City’ as the District, the Southern Province and the country recovers...

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  • A motivation to host a Commonwealth Games that is intrinsically linked with plans for the long term development of the District of Hambantota...

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Ready by 2016

Fast developing Hambantota is fully ready to offer the quality of competition and overcome the toughest challenges on the run-up to Commonwealth Games in 2018.

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Lasting Legacy

As a Games legacy, the Sports City concept will provide a vibrant, mixed-use area that benefits the local population, Sri Lanka and international visitors.

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We Support

  • "Let the world open eyes when we play 2011 Cricket World Cup semi finals in Hambantota sports city."

    Mahela Jayawardene


  • "As a nation we have done wonders. Commonwealth 2018 games will be a yet another milestone. I fully support Hambantota2018."

    Kumar Sangakkara


  • "We wholeheartedly support the state- of- the- art sports enterprise park in Hambantota."

    T.M Dilshan


  • "I still remember the glory of winning the Cricket World Cup in 1996. We will have the same glory as then by being the host city of CWG 2018."

    Muttiah Muralitharan

Hambantota Games City Master Plan

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All competition venues are newly built and form part of the overall masterplan endowing each venue with a clearly defined legacy brief which makes it a permanent venue if there is a proven long-term legacy need.

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  • Legacy benefits at the heart of the bid

    The games will help create a lasting legacy for Hambantota, the District and the country, acting as a catalyst for social, economic, sporting and physical regeneration.