Namal wants to shift Asian beach events to Mullaitivu
ASIAN YOUTH GAMES: Sri Lanka will be hosting the biggest ever
sporting games with the award of Asian Youth Games in Hambantota in 2017
and this was announced by the Head of Asian Olympic Council Sheikh
Ahamed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah in Colombo on June 14, 2012.
This was a culmination of a collective effort over a period of one
year between the sports and tourism authorities as directed by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of
Sports together with Namal Rajapaksa, MP, Hambantota District have been
supporting the National Olympic Committee and Sri Lanka Tourism to work
on Hambantota bid which had to compete with five other countries who
were looking forward to hold the third Asian Youth Games.
Sri Lanka's proposal was officially presented in Kuwait to the Head
of Asian Olympic Council Sheikh Ahamed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, two weeks ago
which was accepted and enabled the Head of Olympic Council of Asia to
make a visit to Sri Lanka last week to make the announcement.
The games will consist of 12 disciplines of which the beach related
events will be shifted to Mullaitivu says Namal Rajapaksa, MP. "Benefits
of these games should be equally shared by different parts of the island
although Hambantota sports city will stage the main events. The beach
games will boost the tourism drive and generate more economic activities
in the Eastern region when they are held in Mullaitivu.
The anticipated visitation to Mullaitivu and rest of the eastern
region during the games will be an encouraging factor for potential
investors who are looking for suitable locations for their developments.
The first Asian Youth Games was held in Singapore in 2009 and the
second is scheduled in to be held in Nanjing, in China in 2013. Sri
Lanka came ahead of Qatar, Dubai, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Indonesia to
be successful in securing the third Asian Youth Games.