Asian Youth Games 2017:
Hambantota likely to be the host
Sri Lanka’s emerging commercial hub, Hambantota is likely to be the
venue for the 2017 Asian Youth Games.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Sri Lanka National Olympic
Committee (SLNOC) Chairman and Asian Olympic Council (AOC) Vice
President Hemasiri Fernando to take action to bid for the 2017 games.
Fernando is in Singapore with SLNOC secretary Maxwell de Silva. They
held a meeting with Asian Olympic Council officials in this regard.
Sri Lanka is likely to be the sole bidder for the games, as no other
National Olympic Committee has forwarded bid documents to the AOC as
If things go in Sri Lanka’s favour, the proposed Sports City which is
to be built in Hambantota, will be the venue for the globe’s third
biggest youth sports extravaganza.
Several months back, Hambantota’s bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth
Games received global recognition because of its unique concept and the
government’s massive development plan for the region after the end of
the decade war.
The inaugural version of the Asian Youth Games was held in Singapore
in 2009 where Sri Lanka fielded 30 sportsmen and women, finishing 16th
out of 44 countries with a silver medal and two bronze medals.
The next Asian Games will be held in Nanjing, China in 2013.