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Hambantota and Gold Coast would both stage great 2018 CWG: Games Chief


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Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Mike Fennell claimed he would be happy to see the 2018 Commonwealth Games go to either Australia’s Gold Coast or Hambantota in Sri Lanka because he feels both bidding candidates could host an exceptional competition.

Delegates from the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will gather to cast one vote each at the CGF General Assembly on 11 November in St Kitts and Nevis to determine which of the two cities will host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The President of the CGF will announce the result of the vote to the world at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

“Both Gold Coast and Hambantota have put forward such fantastic bids in this latest race,” Fennell told insidethegames.

“They are very different in terms of concept and approach but they are certainly two very, very exciting bids,” he said.

“I would be delighted to see the 2018 Commonwealth Games go to either Gold Coast or Hambantota because I feel they could both stage fantastic competitions,” he further said.  “I feel very happy that the Commonwealth Games has reached a stage where we can attract two superb bids like these.”

“They are both very professionally put together and both very focused on promoting the values of the Commonwealth Games and enhancing the Commonwealth Games Movement. I think it is excellent. Ultimately it is up to our 71 member nations and territories to decide on where the event will be held but I will be happy whatever the outcome because they are both highly competent to put on the Commonwealth Games.”


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