The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

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.

 


 
 
 
 

_________________________________________________
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Strenghtening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean 9 March 2017 President Jacob Zuma has returned to Pretoria after a successful State Visit to Indonesia, which... <|> Pygmy Intervention Project 13 March 2017 The Pygmy community of the Central African Republic became a focal point at a gala dinner recently held in Pretoria at Burgers Park hotel. The gala dinner... <|> France and South Africa cooperation Visit of French Secretary of State for Transport, Oceans and Fisheries: Minister Alain Vidalies 7 – 10 March 2017 During his visit in South Africa between 7... <|> 6th African Film Week in Athens 13 March 2017 The 6th African Film Week taking place in Greece, brings to the big screen charming images from the African Continent: Urban legends, exoticism from... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Early warning centre for South Africa and Nigeria 14 March 2017 South Africa and Nigeria have agreed to establish an early warning centre to help mitigate and monitor possible threats and violence... <|> Abron Band from Iran share peace with music at Tsarogaphoka Primary School by Kgomotso Kgoale 14 March 2017 Kgwebong Consulting, an Organisation Development company that is dedicated to the... <|> Arctic Council at 20: Making a Difference Regionally By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society  We all know the temperatures are rising in the Arctic twice as fast as the... <|> Marrying of two iconic World Heritage Sites: South Africa’s Robben Island and Mauritius’ Le Morne Cultural Landscape 20 March 2017 Robben Island World Heritage Site (RIWHS) and Le Morne... <|> Freedom Park pays tribute to Sweden 21 March 2017 Human Rights Day is a significant day to South Africans for remembering not only the 69 people, who were killed during the Sharpeville Massacre,... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.