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2018 candidate cities to lodge bids in KL
Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) will hold a series of meetings in Kuala Lumpur this week (May 6 to 11), the highlight being the formal lodgment of bids by 2018 candidate cities, Gold Coast (Australia) and Hambantota (Sri Lanka).

While much focus will be on the bid lodgment on May 11 in the lead-up to the decision by the CGF General Assembly in November, a number of other important matters will be considered across the six days.

The Sport Committee meets on May 6 and 7, the Federation Court will consider the matter of Sri Lankan boxer Mr. Manju Wanniarachchi on May 8, and the Executive Board will meet on May 9 and 10.

The Sports Committee’s prime focus will be the Sports Programme Review (SPR) that follows every Commonwealth Games, looking at all aspects of the sports programme and considering submissions from member countries, International Federations and broadcasters.

The International federations of volleyball, rugby league and canoeing will also make submissions.

Mr Wanniarachchi, who won the Gold Medal in the 56kg weight division in Delhi, returned an adverse analytical finding from an anti-doping test conducted during last October’s Commonwealth Games. His hearing before the Federation Court had been set for January in Jamaica. However, an illness precluded Mr Wanniarachchi’s legal representative from attending the Court and the matter was postponed until May 8.

The CGF Executive Board will receive a detailed report from the Sports Committee, as well as from the organising committees of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games, which take place on the Isle of Man in September.

The bid lodgment by the candidate cities is a vital step in their hopes of securing the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Representatives from both the Gold Coast and Hambantota will be in Kuala Lumpur to make a 20-minute presentation at the formal Lodgement Ceremony from 12 noon at the city’s Le Meridien Hotel.

There will also be a drawing of lots, conducted by CGF Vice President Imran, to determine the order of presentation by the cities to the CGF General Assembly on decision day, November 11, in St Kitts and Nevis.

The CGF and representatives from both cities will attend a media conference at 1pm following the ceremony.


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