Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games as Liverpool stands by

Posted March 14, 2017

The Department of Sports and Recreation on Monday said it would hold a media briefing in response to the recent announcement that Durban had lost the hosting rights to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Birmingham City Council has joined the Mayor of Liverpool in writing to the Government to inform it of the city's intention to step in if the Games were left without a host.

They were due to be the first African country to have ever hosted the games.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 CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022".

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Gideon Sam, president of the South African Olympic committee, told Reuters: "This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent but without the necessary government guarantees, we couldn't move on".

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

Durban 2022 would have been the first staging of the Commonwealth Games in Africa. Smith said it was a "fundamental part of the movement" that the Games were held every four years, and the federation would not want that continuity to be broken. Liverpool has publicly put their names forward and‚ during early reports that Durban's hosting was under threat‚ rumours circulated that Sri Lanka was also interested.

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