Durban Has Lost 2022 Commonwealth Games

Posted March 14, 2017

Durban has been stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has exclusively confirmed to insidethegames.

However, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is expected to officially announce this decision sometime soon.

The BBC quoted a spokesperson for Liverpool City Council as saying they had "already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them (the 2022 Games) instead".

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

These financial considerations led Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to note that it "doesn't look good" for Durban's chances to host the Games.

It had been estimated that staging the Games in Africa for the first time would have cost at least ZAR8 billion (£498 million/$607 million/€567 million).

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"The CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022".

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

One city that has already expressed its interest in hosting the 2022 games is Liverpool.

Mbalula said of South Africa's concerns over hosting the event: "We gave it our best shot but we can't go beyond".

CGF President Martin noted, "Launching the Queen's Baton Relay on Commonwealth Day at Buckingham Palace is a fitting start to an inclusive and inspiring community relay that connects our diverse Commonwealth in celebration and anticipation of the next Games".