Durban, South Africa Officially Stripped Of Hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban, South Africa was originally slated to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but it was announced this week that they have been stripped of the Games due to not meeting hosting criteria. Stock Photo via Wikipedia Commons

Although Durban, South Africa was awarded the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games back in 2015, the prospect of the African continent hosting its first major international multi-sport competition began unraveling in recent months.

As we reported in February, South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula publicly identified increasing costs as the reason why his nation most likely would not be able to move forward with hosting duties, but now the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has confirmed the Games have officially been pulled from Durban.

This week David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the CGF, identified Durban’s failed meet criteria set by his organization which included such tasks as establishing an Organizing Committee and confirming the underwriting arrangements. Additionally, Grevemberg said that the South African government itself had never signed off on the Durban 2022 hosting decision. (BBC)

“We have a host city contract,” he said. “It was signed by all parties on the day except for the South African government.

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SOURCE: Swimswam, by Loretta Race

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