Durban looses rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban has been stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Durban looses rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games
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14 March, 2017

Durban's lost its hosting rights after failing to meet its financial obligations.

Liverpool has offered to host the games.

"The Commonwealth Games Federation has completed its review of the final information submitted by South Africa on 30th November, 2016 to determine whether their proposals for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games are consistent with their original bid commitments and the host city contract", it said.

She said they will want to have it tidied up in a few months and they are optimistic there are cities interested and capable of meeting the requirements.

"Minister Fikile Mbalula notes the CGF statement on its review of SA's successful bid to host the games..." Like the Olympics, they are held every four years, with athletes from more than 50 different countries taking part.

News that Durban had pulled out came on the day the Queen started the countdown to the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia, by launching a baton relay at Buckingham Palace.

The organisation's chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We are sad, of course we are, but particularly for the people of South Africa".

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A trip days later by Martin to try and end the impasse was markedly low-key, in contrast to the extravagant publicity that marked the award of the Games to Durban in September 2015.

There was no immediate reaction from the South African government, but the sports ministry said it would hold a news conference with Durban officials on Tuesday.

But the BBC report that Durban are about to bow out leaving the way clear for another option with Liverpool a prime candidate to step in.

The CGF is actively looking for a replacement destination and two United Kingdom cities, Liverpool and Birmingham, are interested with Liverpool already throwing the hat in the ring.

"We have given it our best shot, but we can not live beyond our means".

"Everybody was very excited to see the Commonwealth Games staged in Durban, which was very well equipped to host the event, but once the economics started to play a role, it became hard", Sam said from London, where he attended the CGF meeting in his capacity as vice chairman.


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