Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Durban will not host 2022 commonwealth games

Durban will not host 2022 commonwealth games

Birmingham and Liverpool went head to head for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday after Durban was all but stripped of the event.

However, South Africa's sports minister last month warned the government's lack of finances could spell trouble for the Games.

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.

There has been speculation since late previous year that Durban may lose Games after the organizing Committee missed various financial and planning deadlines set out by the CGF.

Durban won the hosting rights in 2015 after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid.

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The Commonwealth Games first took place in 1930.

A new host city has yet to be declared, and after the successful Glasgow Games in 2014, there will be no shortage of interest.

Gideon Sam, in charge of the South African Sports Confederation and the NOC, commented to Reuters, "This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent".

"The Commonwealth Games Federation has completed its review of the final information submitted by South Africa on 30th November, 2016 to determine whether their proposals for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games are consistent with their original bid commitments and the host city contract", it said.

"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".

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