pmplegacy appointed by Sri Lanka for Commonwealth Games 2018 bid

Wednesday, 01 December 2010

pmplegacy, part of the Sports Marketing Division of Chime Communications plc, has been appointed as lead advisor and project manager by the Hambantota 2018 Candidate City Organising Committee to assist in their bid to host the Commonwealth Games in eight years time.

Global sporting events consultancy pmplegacy will lead a roster of international agencies including Fast Track and Bell Pottinger – both Chime agencies – plus Populous and pwc together with a number of other specialist advisers.

The international team will advise on all 15 themes in the Candidature File including legacy, finance, sport & venues, media and marketing, transport planning, sustainability, security, and corporate identity to help Sri Lanka develop its bid to host the 2018 Games.

pmplegacy has a long and distinguished twenty five year track record of working with leading cities around the world on the evaluation, bidding, planning and delivery of major sporting events.

The company, founded and chaired by Peter Mann, has worked on a wide range of major events including Olympic & Paralympic Games; Youth Olympic Games; Asian and Commonwealth Games and Cricket, Football and Rugby World Cups.

Its clients include World Cup Barbados 2007; Beijing 2008; 2008 African Cup of Nations; Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games; London 2012; Glasgow 2014; Madrid 2016 and most recently, England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup bid.

The Hambantota 2018 bid Committee is led by the Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal. He said: "The appointment of this advisory team reinforces how important the 2018 bid is to Sri Lanka. We are also in the final stages of appointing our 2018 BidCo senior executive team and bringing together the many local stakeholders to be involved in the bid process.

I am delighted that we have been able to appoint the pmplegacy team - they bring a wealth of relevant event bidding and planning experience. We have a unique and compelling story to tell and our bid will act as an important catalyst in the Island’s post conflict and tsunami reconstruction and in raising Sri Lanka’s profile on the world stage.”

Peter Mann, Chairman of pmplegacy said: “This appointment demonstrates Hambantota’s commitment to submit a world class bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation and to showcase the Island’s natural beauty, charm and the passion for sport of its 20 million inhabitants.

Sri Lanka is a big island with big aspirations and our job is to help turn these aspirations in to reality. Hambantota’s strategic location will help to ensure that it becomes one of the most vibrant cities in Southern Asia with a sporting, educational and tourism hub at its heart. We look forward to working with the Organising Committee over the next 12 months to help create a successful bid for the 2018 Games.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Peter Mann, Chairman, pmplegacy
+44 (0) 7887 546488 / petermann@pmplegacy.com

Notes to Editors

About Chime Communications plc:
The Chime Group helps clients create, manage, monitor and market their businesses, brands and reputation both in the UK and internationally.
Chime is the holding company for the UK's leading public relations group, Bell Pottinger, one of the fastest growing advertising and marketing services groups in the UK that includes VCCP and Teamspirit; the UK's number one sports marketing group that includes Fast Track, pmplegacy, Essentially and Stuart Higgins Communications; and one of the UK's leading research groups including Opinion Leader Research and Facts International.

Chime is made up of four divisions, 50 agencies and over 1,100 people.  We have offices in the UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, USA, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

About pmplegacy:
pmplegacy is a global sporting events consultancy and part of the Sports Marketing Division of Chime Communications plc. The company has been active in the major sporting events arena for over 25 years and has experience of Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic & Paralympic Games and Cricket, Football and Rugby World Cups.