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Acting Queensland Premier Paul Lucas says Sri Lanka has not withdrawn their bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games despite the Gold Coast's only current rival Sri Lanka, not making a presentation.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh led a team of four on Saturday to make their first presentation to delegates from all 71 participating countries and territories of the Commonwealth Games Federation to host the 2018 Games.

Mr. Lucas told reporters in Brisbane today that the Gold Coast's only current rival Sri Lanka declined to make a presentation to the delegates.
"But it certainly has not withdrawn its bid and we need to be very, very careful about that," he said.

"Whether there are two competitors in the race for the Commonwealth Games bid - us and Sri Lanka - or whether there's 10, one thing I'll tell you is that the Premier will be running and we will be running as hard as we can.

"It's very very important, it's a tourism benefit, it's a sporting benefit, and it's a further marketing of the Gold Coast and Queensland.
"We could put on a jolly good game in Queensland and Australia and I think people will recognize that." (AAP)

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  • Ibnu Batuta Sunday, 03 October 2010 05:36 AM

    We, Sri Lankans, are very fond of carnivals, especially if it is by public fund. So, we will fight with all our might.

    Susantha Sunday, 03 October 2010 07:12 AM

    This ia s very good news for our corrupt Politicians.I think Basil Is the best person for this project.

    Dog Lover Sunday, 03 October 2010 07:44 AM

    If Sri Lanka is unable to make a presentation, what can we expect of doing the actual work.

    Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 03 October 2010 09:51 AM

    Yes, hopefully by then SF will be in command.

    SK Sunday, 03 October 2010 10:24 AM

    Pray and hope that Queensland would win the bid!!

    Roshan Sunday, 03 October 2010 01:15 PM

    Keep dreaming!!!

    lanak Monday, 04 October 2010 05:22 AM

    if india can host the games, then surely sri lanka can.

    GKA Monday, 04 October 2010 05:55 AM

    Thanks for your thought SK. Please pack up and go live in that country, that is if you are already not a citizen.

    TMA Monday, 04 October 2010 06:03 AM

    Actually India can't. They're behind schedule. If we win this bid country will be in utter poverty on 2019

    TMA Monday, 04 October 2010 06:04 AM

    SK's right we don't have the financial or environmental condition 2 host such a huge vent by 2018.

    TMA Monday, 04 October 2010 06:06 AM

    MayB we've nothing 2 present just another typical Sri Lankan brag


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