The Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula jetted off to London with his delegation on Saturday night to present their plans for Durban to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday. If the bid is successful, the costal South African city would then be the first African city to host this event.
The Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew in February 2015 citing financial difficulties related to instability in oil prices, leaving Durban to be the only candidate for 2022. South African officials lead by the Minister of Sport and Olympic committee’s chief executive will have the audience of the Commonwealth Games Federation executive committee in a 20-minute presentation.
When asked about the Bid, the Minister indicated that he is more than confident of the result, not only because South African is the only bidder; but because the world believes in South Africa’s proven capacity to host big events.
The Minister further emphasised the importance of the Durban bid as he believes the Commonwealth Games are a pre-cursor to South Africa hosting the Olympics.
The CGF has called the bid by Durban, a city with balmy, tropical weather on South Africa’s east coast, “an historic and special moment for the Commonwealth sporting movement.” Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the 2010 soccer World Cup will be the centre piece in the bid.
The 2022 host will be announced in New Zealand in September at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly.