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Sri Lanka A Good Place For Beach Games — OCA President

OCA President Sheikh Ahamed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

Sri Lanka is a very good place in the Asian region to host beach games said President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Sheikh Ahamed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. He was speaking at a press conference held to enlighten the media about the Second Asian Beach Games currently underway here in Oman.
“Sri Lanka has very good beaches and it will be suitable for many sporting events as far as beach games are concerned,” the OCA President added.
The National Olympic Committee (NOC) has sent around 14 observers to the 2nd Asian Beach Games. They will study how the games are being organised and expects to use that experience in organising the First South Asian Beach Games to be held in Sri Lanka in 2011. Hambantota will be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup and then the South Asian Beach Games.
“We have sent these observers with a purpose. They will make sure they will get knowledge as to how this type of events are organised. That will help us in organising the first ever South Asian Beach Games in Hambantota,” said President of NOC Sri Lanka, Hemasiri Fernando.
Sri Lanka will try to prove its organisational skills before the deadline to present the formal bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in May next year. Maldives and Bangladesh also put forward their bids to host the next Beach Games. However all South Asian National Olympic Committees gave their consent for Sri Lanka’s last minute bid. (HW)

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