Durban confident about 2022 Commonwealth Games

Amanda Khoza

Durban - eThekwini Municipality is confident that it will deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games in 2022, mayor James Nxumalo said on Tuesday.

Durban submitted its bid to host the mega sporting event in March.

“We are confident that we will successfully deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games should the CGF General Assembly vote for Durban on September 2, 2015.

“The regional clusters of Commonwealth Games Associations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania have visited Durban to experience first-hand the venues, our world-class infrastructure, legacy projects and other components in the Durban bid in order for them to vote from an informed perspective and award the Games to Durban based on merit,” said Nxumalo.

The city has welcomed a recommendation made by the Commonwealth Games Federation Evaluation Commission that its General Assembly should vote in favour of Durban’s bid to host the event.

“This is the first step towards bringing the Games to Africa, however there is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Durban Bid Committee chairperson Mark Alexander.

Bid Committee CEO Tubby Reddy said: “We have always maintained that Durban’s bid and the subsequent awarding of the bid must be based on merit.

"We have demonstrated that Durban’s proposition was indeed of a world-class standard and that the stringent technical criteria demanded by the CGF have been met by Durban."