Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Sports dept to brief media on loss of 2022 Commonwealth Games

General view of Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban stripped of Commonwealth Games
Kristopher Love | 14 March, 2017, 00:36

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

"We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead".

The South African city was awarded the Games in 2015, but a review by the Commonwealth Games Federation reported "a significant departure from the undertakings" made in the bid.

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.

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

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".

A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said previously: "Liverpool is interested in hosting the games in 2022".

The writing had been on the wall for several weeks after South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the projected costs were more than the country's flagging economy could afford, and that negotiations to cut the budget had stalled.

But ever since it won the games as the sole bidder in September 2015, Durban missed deadlines to provide the financial guarantees.

However, there could be competition from the other side of the world - "Auckland has pretty much everything needed to host a Commonwealth Games", says the New Zealand Herald.

Liverpool has already expressed interest in replacing Durban.

"I am very confident that the city will be able to cope with the demands of holding the Games", he told the Liverpool Echo, saying it would "give us a great opportunity to regenerate the north of Liverpool and create a lasting legacy".