Happy Commonwealth Day!
In an unfortunate case of bad timing, the Commonwealth Games Federation has marked the annual celebration of Commonwealth of Nations by stripping Durban of its rights to hold the 2022 Commonwealth Games, leaving the event without a host.
Durban launched its bid to be the first African host of the games in 2015, and became the only contender after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid due to the expected costs.
However, the city failed to meet financial commitments outlined in its initial bid, and South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula warned earlier this month that it would not be able to host the games without agreeing a series of cost-cutting measures.
The CGF is expected to make a formal announcement on the games later today, but Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, confirmed to Reuters that Durban has lost the right to host the event.
The local government of Liverpool, which was already planning a bid to host the subsequent games in 2026, has expressed an interest in taking over hosting duties for the 2022 event.