Hambantota bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Hambantota 2018 bid
2018 Hambantota Bid Logo.png
Logo of Hambantota's 2018 Commonwealth Games bid
Host city Sri Lanka Hambantota, Sri lanka
Motto Together from the heart
Events 228 events in 17 sports
Opening ceremony 16 May
Closing ceremony 27 May
Main venue Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium
Website http://www.hambantota2018.com/

Hambantota 2018 was an unsuccessful bid to stage the 2018 Commonwealth Games by the city of Hambantota, Sri Lanka. The right to host the Games was won by the Gold Coast 2018 bid after a 43-27 vote by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly on 11 November 2011 in Saint Kitts.

The city made their surprise bid for the Games on March 31, 2010.[1]Proposed venues

A map of Sri Lanka with Hambantota marked in the south of the country.
A map of Sri Lanka with Hambantota marked in the south of the country.
Hambantota
Location of Hambantota in Sri Lanka.

Hambantota planned on building many new venues if it won the bid, including an athletics stadium, an aquatic centre, a multi-sports complex, a velodrome stadium and a hockey stadium. The athletes village would have been located around the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, which would have been one of the venues. The remaining venues would have been built near the cricket stadium.[2] Unlike the Gold Coast's plan, which include venues in the nearby city of Townsville, Hambantota's venues were all planned for the same area.[3]

Venue Location Sports Capacity Status
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota Ceremonies
Archery
60,000
2,500
Existing/Expansion
International Aquatics Centre Hambantota Diving
Swimming
2,500
5,000
New
Athletics Stadium Hambantota Athletics
Rugby sevens
40,000 New
Exhibition Centre hall 1 Hambantota Badminton 2,500 New
Exhibition Centre hall 2 Hambantota Netball preliminaries 2,500 New
Exhibition Centre hall 3 Hambantota Weightlifting 2,500 New
Multi-Sport Complex - boxing arena Hambantota Boxing 3,000 New
Multi-Sport Complex - lawn bowls stadium Hambantota Lawn bowls 2,500 New
Multi-Sport Complex - squash arena Hambantota Squash 3,000 New
Multi-Sport Complex - table tennis arena Hambantota Table tennis 3,000 New
Multi-Sport Complex - wrestling arena Hambantota Wrestling 2,500 New
Velodrome Hambantota Track cycling 4,000 New
Main Arena Hambantota Gymnastics
Netball finals
5,000 New
Hockey Stadium Hambantota Field hockey 7,000 New
Ranminithenna Shooting Range Hambantota District Shooting 5,500 New
Tissa Lake triathlon course Tissamaharama Road cycling
Triathlon
1,000
2,000+
Temporary
Marathon course Embilipitiya Athletics (marathon start) N/A Temporary

Proposed schedule[edit]

Hambantota proposed hosting the games between May 16 and 27, 2018. 17 sports and 228 events were planned to be contested if the bid was successful.[4]

 OC  Opening ceremony  ●   Event competitions   Event finals  CC  Closing ceremony
May 16th
Wed
17th
Thu
18th
Fri
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
Ceremonies
OC CC
Archery 2 2 2 2 8
Athletics 1 5 7 6 7 7 11 44
Badminton 1 3 2 6
Boxing 5 5 10
Cycling 3 3 3 3 1 1 2 16
Diving 3 2 3 2 10
Gymnastics 1 1 2 5 5 1 1 4 20
Field hockey 1 1 2
Lawn bowls 2 2 2 6
Netball 1 1
Rugby sevens 1 1
Shooting 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 1 4 18
Squash 2 3 5
Swimming 5 4 8 4 10 7 38
Table tennis 2 1 2 2 7
Weightlifting 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 15
Wrestling 3 4 4 3 3 4 21
Total Gold Medals 11 15 22 14 30 25 24 15 21 26 25 228
May 16th
Wed
17th
Thu
18th
Fri
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
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