Sports South Africa Loses Rights to Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Rachel Hardy
March 14, 2017

The host city, which was supposed to be Durban, did not meet the criteria set out by the Commonwealth Games Federation meaning they can no longer hold the games.

Gold Coast will host in 2018 but she said it was unlikely the same city would go back-to-back.

Liverpool's hopes of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been boosted with Durban set to bow out over financial issues.

The news was also confirmed by SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam who on Monday afternoon‚ via text message‚ said that Durban would not be hosting the Games.

In a telephone interview, the sports association head claimed that lack of funding from the South African government crippled preparations to the prestigious games.

The Presidency's Bongani Ngqulunga said he was not aware of the meeting.

In a statement, the department said the briefing would respond to the CGF's statement.

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"Besides, it would have made it increasingly hard for another potential host city if we had delayed the process any further", said Sam. First‚ a crucial host city payment of £1.5 million (about R26 million) was missed.

Since then, however, they had not formed an Organising Committee or made any of the payments due to the CGF.

The CGF gave South Africa an ultimatum to supply all documentation by November 30 last year‚ with the deadline met with just days to spare.

Mayor Phil Goff has already ruled out the Auckland taking on the 2022 assignment, saying the city was already under enough financial and infrastructure pressure.

It had been estimated that staging the Games in Africa for the first time would have cost at least ZAR8 billion (£498 million/$607 million/€567 million). "The CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022".

"We have given it our best shot, but we can not live beyond our means".

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