Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games
Durban will be the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games after being confirmed as the venue for 2022. The announcement was made at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) general assembly in Auckland.
Durban, on the east coast of South Africa, was the only remaining bidder after Edmonton's bid team withdrew in February for financial reasons.
The Games will begin on July 18, what would have been the 104th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela, and finish on July 30.
"As a movement we stand together to support the very first games on African soil," said outgoing CGF president Prince Tunku Imran.
Much of the infrastructure is already in place, with an athletics track to be installed at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was built for the 2010 football World Cup.
"We are ready to host the Commonwealth Games for the first time on African soil," CGF Vice-President and South African Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam said.
"The fundamental premise of our submission is that the Games will provide the opportunity at both an economic and social level in particular the development and inspiration of young people not only in South Africa but the rest of the Commonwealth.
"Youth empowerment sits as the core of our legacy programme, a legacy that will begin with your awarding of the Games."
The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and was last held in 2014 in Glasgow. Australia's Gold Coast will be hosting the 2018 event.
Athletes from more than 50 countries, most of which are former British colonies, compete.
H.E. Sherif Naguib, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Pretoria, extends his warmest congratulations to South Africa on winning the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The hosting of these international games on the African continent for the first time since its inception 85 years ago marks a gigantic leap in the affirmation and positive trajectory for the continent of Africa. It is a moment to seize and firmly anchor our position as a decisive force in sport. It is the turn of Africa to hold this great event.
He commented that the Games will provide the opportunity at both an economic and social level in particular the development and inspiration of young people not only in South Africa. Youth empowerment sits as the core of Africa’s priorities, and one of the essential means to their empowerment is sports.
Ambassador Naguib highlighted that on the 18th of July 2022 Africa will not be only celebrating the 2022 commonwealth games, but will also be remembering late Nelson Mandela's birthday.
He also affirmed his believe that South Africa can put on a show that will do the Africa proud, taking into consideration that the country has successfully hosted the three biggest single-sport events the cricket, rugby union and football World Cups.