Durban 2022 braces for vital Games vote
It’s almost a sure thing that South Africa will be awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Although the Durban 2022 bid hierarchy played down the imminent announcement, highly placed sources close to the bid committee told City Press that Durban would get the nod when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announces the host city in September.
On the sidelines of Team SA’s Olympic Games selection criteria announcement this week, Durban 2022 bid CEO Tubby Reddy said: “We have done what we need to do to be confident that we have it in the bag.
“I have always maintained that even if we had opposition, our bid will be a quality one, and that’s how we must win it. They [the CGF] obviously have to give us the green light that they are convinced that Durban can deliver.”
The city’s bid to host Africa’s first Commonwealth Games was boosted by the withdrawal of Edmonton in Canada, leaving Durban as the sole bidder for the multicoded sporting event.
Durban – with a projected R6.4 billion operating budget – received positive feedback during the federation’s evaluation commission’s four-day inspection of proposed sports venues and facilities in April.
Reddy said the city would undergo final assessments between next week and September, when the CGF congress would announce the host.
“We are busy now with the inbound visits. The Commonwealth countries will come to Durban in two groups in July and one group in the middle of August to do personal assessments on the venues and infrastructure,” he said.
Federation members Africa and Asia will be the first to tour, and will be in the country from Wednesday to Sunday.
The group from Europe and Oceania is expected from July 22 to 26, and the Americas and Caribbean contingent will tour Durban from August 5 to 9.
Durban will be required to make a final presentation before the final vote at the federation’s congress in New Zealand on September 2.
Seabelo Senatla and
his BlitzBokke team-mates clinched the
Rugby Sevens gold medal at the Games in Glasgow, Scotland, last year
HIGH HOPES Durban 2022 CEO Tubby