Durban stripped of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban stripped of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban stripped of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

"Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 as the only city to make a confirmed bid and it was to have been the first African host of the event", the BBC reports.

Durban's lost its hosting rights after failing to meet its financial obligations.

Durban had been the only city to launch a formal bid to host the Games after Edmonton in Canada withdrew.

She said they will want to have it tidied up in a few months and they are optimistic there are cities interested and capable of meeting the requirements.

"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.

Durban is the country's preferred choice as an Olympic host, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games were seen as an important stepping stone.

Last month, South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula indicated the government might withdraw its financial support because of the cost of staging the multi-sport event, saying "we can not live beyond our means".

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It was on the basis of their recommendation that the CGF board made its decision on Monday.

The Federation released a statement a short while ago saying that - having completed its review of the final information submitted by South Africa on 30 November past year, it was discovered that a number of key obligations and commitments in areas had not been met. But without the necessary Government guarantees, we couldn't move on.

The setback follows a series of withdrawals by potential Olympic Games hosts on the grounds of cost and disruption.

"It does not look like we will find each other", he said.

"The CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022".

Mayor Joe Anderson has written to sports minister Tracey Crouch to express the city's interest.

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