Monday, 23 October, 2017

Durban stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban Has Lost 2022 Commonwealth Games 2022 Commonwealth Games: Liverpool's hopes of hosting boosted with Durban set to bow out
Damon Campbell | 14 March, 2017, 00:42

Durban made "significant departures" from its original promises‚ which is why it lost the rights to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Sam was in the United Kingdom city for a meeting of the CGF, where Durban's status as host was discussed.

Only last month sports minister Fikile Mbalula appeared to pre-empt the withdrawal revealing that the government had failed to come to an agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation over bankrolling the event.

"The CGF will continue to have an open dialogue with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and the Republic of South Africa and remains committed to realising the shared ambitions of a future Commonwealth Games in Africa".

Durban won the bid for the Games unopposed in September 2015 after Edmonton dropped its campaign to host when falling oil prices caused the Canadian city to refocus its financial commitments.

The Commonwealth Games first took place in 1930.

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A search to find a new city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games is set to be launched soon.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam confirmed the news, saying the news was a disappointment to the country and the entire continent.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Australia.

A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said previously: "Liverpool is interested in hosting the games in 2022".

Melbourne and other Australian cities are also believed to have expressed an interest.

The baton will travel to Sierra Leone, before visiting all 52 nations and territories of the Commonwealth ahead of the tournament's opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland on April 4 next year.

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