Urgency needed in finding a city to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Beth Cruz
March 14, 2017

According to a report from the BBC, South Africa has declined the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.

Speaking to TMG Digital from London‚ he said via text message: "The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is looking for an alternative to Durban".

Officials in Liverpool have already said the city can step in as a replacement for Durban, which would have been the first African city to host the Games.

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

Liverpool is so far the only city to express an interest in staging the Games.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam confirmed this on Monday afternoon.

The Commonwealth Games began as the British Empire Games in 1930.

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.

"Here in Birmingham we are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memorable games in the city", said Ian Ward, the deputy leader of Birmingham City Council in a statement.

It has been announced that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer take place in South Africa due to severe financial constraints. Like the Olympics, they are held every four years, with athletes from more than 50 different countries taking part. In 388 days, the baton will reach the Gold Coast in Australia.

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