Dur­ban 2022 braces for vi­tal Games vote

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­press.co.za

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.

PHOTO: WES­SEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA

GOLDEN MO­MENT

Seabelo Senatla and

his Bl­itzBokke team-mates clinched the

Rugby Sev­ens gold medal at the Games in Glas­gow, Scot­land, last year

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IM­AGES

HIGH HOPES Dur­ban 2022 CEO Tubby

Reddy

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