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Sri Lanka expresses interest to host 2026 Commonwealth Games

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Sri Lanka is among the countries which has reportedly expressed interest to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the BBC reported.

Accordingly, Australia, Canada, India, and Sri Lanka have expressed interest in staging the 2026 Games but, as yet, a host has not been secured.

“I am quietly confident that we will be announcing [the 2026 host] in the first quarter of next year, prior to Birmingham. We are working with cities and countries,” Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Dame Louise Martin said.

“Hopefully next year we will be able to showcase that you can bring in other countries to host together. We’ve been trying hard to get the smaller countries to host a Games, but they are too small to do it the way it’s gone.”

“So that is why we are looking at the roadmap, to see what is necessary, what do we really need to do. If somebody has a fantastic athletics stadium but the country next to them has got a fantastic shooting range, link up together and see what we can do,” she further said.

In 2017, Durban was stripped of the right to stage the 2022 Games after a trail of missed deadlines and financial problems, highlighting the burdens facing host cities for major sporting events.

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  • Ranga Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:12 PM

    Are you out of your mind? We barely manage to make ends meet.

    common Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:22 PM

    why commonwealth games? we are so 'wealthy'

    Peacemaker Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:25 PM

    What a joke? People have no food to eat under this mafia family rule

    southpaw hates Games Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:30 PM

    please dont...this will only put the country back by another 5 to 10 Billion US Dollars in loans from China and allow our officials to make a killing.

    Nadi Karunaratne Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:32 PM

    Start with a whist drive.

    Be Fair Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:36 PM

    Wonder what Papers will come out of this

    Lumbini Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:39 PM

    This is a very foolish decision.

    noname Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:40 PM

    Oh no, not again! What is this madness? The government does not even have enough money to pay an allowance to people who cannot afford one let alone 3 meals a day yet they are dreaming of building sports infrastructure costing millions to tax payer that would largely go unused after the games. Stupidity of some have no bounds. How many medals have we won at the games? Won't it be better to try and improve performance of our athletes using just a fraction of that money?

    The games people play now Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:50 PM

    Sri Lanka, please stay away from wasting more money. Covid-25 will come along and the games will be washed out.

    Robert Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:53 PM

    Why they want to increase gas price to 10000/-

    sunil Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:08 PM

    keep dreaming

    dilip Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:10 PM

    so all our financial problems have been resolved is it

    hb Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:31 PM

    Let me guess. Hambanthota! Obviously we are interested in this because it has lots of construction projects. Stadiums, villages, pools.... loads of opportunities for kickbacks

    Ahmed Wednesday, 13 October 2021 02:17 AM

    Will you settle your loan you have taken all around the world by that time ?

    Don Wednesday, 13 October 2021 02:34 AM

    This is where the opposition has to ply their duty. The should write to the governing body of Commonwealth games asking not to select A Sri Lankan City for games as country is struggling with high cost of living and short of funds for basic services. That is enough.

    M Perera Wednesday, 13 October 2021 03:20 AM

    Pls we have no infrastructure to host such an event. Stop wasting millions the country does not have. This gov needs to go.

    Izzi Wednesday, 13 October 2021 04:48 AM

    Hambantota competed with the Gold Coast Australia in a bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games and was unsuccessful and might stand a very good chance second time around. One reason being Gold Coast already had all the infrastructure and is the tourist hub of Australia and received more tourists annually than the whole of Sri Lanka. For example in 2019 before the Covid pandemic struck the Gold Coast received approximately 5.3 million tourists to Sri Lanka's 1.9 million tourists.

    Waco Wednesday, 13 October 2021 08:56 AM

    Do not worry . It will be Australia or Canada, who will be hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2026.


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