Durban booted, will India host the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

  • Durban booted, will India host the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

Durban booted, will India host the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

South African Olympic swimmer, Chad le Clos and Olympic silver medallist, Sunette Viljoen took to Twitter over the past two days to express their disappoints over the 2022 Commonwealth Games being stripped from to-be hosts, Durban. New Delhi hosted the 2010 CWG successfully and in 2016, Guwahati and Shillong hosted the South Asian Games.

"(The government) wishes to express its disappointment at the announcement. despite all the efforts and the positive responses", sports minister Fikile Mbalula said at a press conference in Durban. "The CGF really wanted to bring the games here but they did not want to come here and not make money and we could not agree on that". Our (IOA) president and members are discussing the issue.

But Tom Tate says he is not putting his hand up, saying "pick me, pick me" to do it all again after 2022 host Durban was dumped by the governing committee for missing deadlines. "Gov was not going to spend billions that weren't budgeted for the sake of hosting".

The city on South Africa's east coast was named as host in 2015, but Mbalula said last month that the government and the CGF had not reached agreement over costs.

The Commonwealth Games Federation will invite cities to host the Games rather than launch another bidding process.

"The Commonwealth Games are a wonderful sporting event and London would listen to any proposal to host in 2022." a spokesman for Khan said.

Manchester which hosted the Games in 2002, also declared its interest, British media reported on Wednesday, citing a city council spokesman.

Australia, which is hosting for the fifth time, has also put forth its desire to host in 2022.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are set to be held in Gold Coast.

"This raises some interesting possibilities. but the city could not undertake this alone", Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson told the Edmonton Journal newspaper. We also have all the facilities and stadiums to organise the Games.

Queen Elizabeth II officially started the iconic Queen's Baton Relay on the occasion of Commonwealth Day on 13 March, kick-starting the Relay to be received by all 50 Commonwealth countries until its final destination in the Gold Coast, Queensland - Australia launching the Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

The CGF was "actively exploring alternative options, including a potential replacement host", CGF president Louise Martin said.