The Hambantota Sports Zone will accommodate the proposed Sprots City designed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. A large-scale model of the `Sports City` was unveiled by the Parliamentarian Mr. Namal Rajapaksa in the presence of Mike Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation. The construction work relating to the City is to be completed in 2016.
Sri Lanka is competing with Gold Coast of Australia to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Hambanthota. The ultramodern development is now under construction will feature 90 percent of the venues and facilities for the 2018 Games.
The City will consist 20 sporting venues including an Athletics Stadium with full warm-up and training facilities, Hockey Stadium, International Aquatics Centre, International Sports Complex to stage both indoor and outdoor sports, Indoor Arena, Velodrome, 18-Hole Golf Course, Exhibition Centre, and a state-of-the-art Games Village featuring the highest quality accommodation and support facilities for athletes with an on-site training village.
The new Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium which successfully hosted two ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches last month will also become a part of this massive Sports City.
A retail complex and range of world-class hotels and resorts are in the plans to be opened near the sports compound.
Parliamentarian Mr. Namal Rajapaksa participating in the function held in connection with the unveiling of the Sports City Model at the Bank Auditorium in Colombo said that Hambantota is being developed as three Zones, namely the Port Zone where several industries relating to and depending on the sea port for import and export is being established, and the second Zone, the Aviation Zone in which industries and tourism, aviation and air-caargo related activities will get established and the third Zone will be the Sports Zone.
Explaining further Mr. Rajapaksa said in addition to the facilities for hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this Zone will have Universities, Sports training and coaching facilities, and it will also become an information technology centre. He said it is envisaged to build universities specializing in sports, business, information technology, and media in the Sports Zone.
The Minister of Sports Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgamage speaking at this function expressed confidence of getting the opportunity to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the New Sports City which will be completed by 2016.
Governor of the Central Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Mr. Mike Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation attended this function.
The Commonwealth Games Federation is to choose the host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at its meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis on November 11, 2011.