Winning 2018 Commonwealth Games bid will be 'life-changing event for Sri anka': Rajapaksa

   Oct 29, 4:49 pm

Canberra, Oct 29 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said winning the bids for hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games would be a 'life-changing event' for his nation.

Gillard played host to hosted senior Commonwealth leaders and officials in Perth, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The event included bid teams from the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota and Australia's Gold Coast, apart from 71 Commonwealth Games association members, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Gillard briefly mentioned that the Gold Coast has placed a bid, saying that Australia would host an "outstanding games".

But Rajapaksa, whose country is also hosting the next CHOGM, used his 10-minute speech to pitch for his nation, saying Sri Lanka wanted to mirror Malaysia, which hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1998, and thereafter, experienced massive economic expansion.

"(Winning the bid) would be a life-changing event in our history," Rajapaksa said.

Pointing out that Australia had hosted previous Games, Rajapaksa said that winning the bid would promote reconciliation among his people, and reconstruction of infrastructure.

He pledged to finish building all accommodation and sporting facilities by 2015, while promising that the bid had his government's "highest backing". (ANI)

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