Durban Loses the Right to Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban Loses the Right to Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games in 2022 will no longer be held in the coastal city of Durban after a detailed review into their proposal bid was made by The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

The review concluded that there was ‘significant departure from the undertakings provided in Durban’s bid’ and obligations and commitments in areas such as funding, governance, and venues were not met under the new criteria.

Durban was originally awarded the games back in 2015 and were to showpiece the event for the first time in Africa. However due to cost challenges, a statement made by the CGF expresses ‘disappointment’ to its conclusion but nevertheless a search for a new host city will begin.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said "Discussions with a number of interested parties are under way." He added, "I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth."

The full CGF statement can be found here

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