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Hambantota sports facilities to be build, although bid was lost

The Governor of the Central Bank, Ajith Cabraal, said on Monday that the government is going ahead with the building of a 4,000 roomed sports village and a new athletic stadium.

It was expected that the plans would be scrapped following the defeat of Hambantota’s $8 million bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018, especially after the debacle of hosting the cricket world cup earlier this year.

However, the government is convinced that Hambantota will become a major hub in South Asia.

“With the rapid development taking place in Hambantota which includes an international harbour, airport, BPO centers, campus and convention centre it is estimated that over 5,000 rooms will be needed in the future.

“We are catering to this demand as our investment is long term,” Cabraal said.

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'Hambantota deemed 'high risk' to host 2018 Commonwealth Games' (12 Nov 2011)

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