Hambantota to host Asian Youth Games

Sri Lanka’s southern port town of Hambantota has been chosen as the host city of the third Asian Youth Games in 2017.

This was announced on Thursday by Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia.

Hambantota, the newly developed port city, failed to win the bid for hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games after it was defeated by Australia’s Gold Coast last year.

The district, which is the home base of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has seen the commissioning of a new sea port while the island’s second international airport is currently being constructed there.

The city also hosted the South Asian Beach Games last year.

There is also a cricket stadium named after the President. (PTI)