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

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

Hambantota, the newly developed port city, failed to win the bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games last year when it lost to Australia’s Gold Coast.

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. Its Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium is also an international cricket venue.

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