Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham and Liverpool went head to head for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday after Durban was all but stripped of the event.

It is believed the city did not meet the criteria set by the Commonwealth Games Federation and an announcement is expected later on today.

After concerns were raised by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula a number of weeks ago, the reality finally dawned on the country's sports officials and government alike, that hosting an event the magnitude of the Commonwealth Games in Durban was beyond its financial means.

South Africa has also been viewed as a possible future Olympic host, but Sam said that was "definitely not on the table" for now.

Gideon Sam, in charge of the South African Sports Confederation and the NOC, commented to Reuters, "This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent".

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The South African city had been awarded the Games by the CGF at its Assembly in Auckland in September 2015 when they were the only bidder following the withdrawal of its only rival Edmonton.

"The Commonwealth Games Federation is looking for an alternative to Durban‚" he wrote.

"We could not afford the Commonwealth Games from the start‚ but now good money has been thrown at a bad idea‚" he said in a statement.

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.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said last month: "I have written to Tracey Crouch [the UK's secretary of state for sport] and assured her that we would be ready for that date".

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