Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Durban loses hosting rights for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban loses hosting rights for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban has lost the right o host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after failing to meet its bid commitments.

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula admitted two weeks ago the city was facing an uphill battle to host the Games amid the fight over funding.

Reports had suggested that the CGF was weighing up its options and that a decision was expected this week, but on Monday afternoon reports across the country began calling the news.

When rumours about Durban's ability to host the Games first emerged, the city of Liverpool said it would be willing to take over.

The Commonwealth Games first took place in 1930.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam confirmed the news, saying the news was a disappointment to the country and the entire continent. The event, held every four years, is open to athletes from more than 50 nations.

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"We wouldn't want to be starting from scratch", she said. However, "the South African government has been unable to come to agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation over paying for the tournament", says the BBC.

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

"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.

Mayor Joe Anderson has written to sports minister Tracey Crouch to express the city's interest.

"We are sad, of course we are, but particularly for the people of South Africa", Grevemberg told insidethegames.

"It does not look like we will find each other", he said.

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