Durban – South African Sport and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula, will address the media at 11am in Durban on Tuesday to provide clarity on South Africa’s failed attempt at hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Mbalula will also be expected to comment on the reported R118 million that the bid is believed to have cost the country.
News broke on Monday that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had decided that Durban could not host the showpiece due to financial issues. Another contributing factor was that the local organising committee had missed several deadlines since being awarded the Games in 2015.
Liverpool or Birmingham are being tipped as possible emergency hosts. The Department of Sport and Recreation released a statement on Monday, saying that they had not been informed of the CGF’s decision.
“The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa is yet to receive official communication from the CGF on the withdrawal of the rights to host the 2022 games,” the statement read.
“The department, the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality will however hold a Media Conference to convey government’s response to the media statement issued by the CGF and media comments attributable to the President of SASCOC, Mr Gideon Sam.”
Durban which has wonderful climate and is a key tourist destinations, was positioned as a favourable destination for hosting large events and sports tourism.
The Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games Candidate City File stated its marketing programme for the Games would “also be aimed at showcasing South Africa and indeed the region as a destination of choice for sports tourism.”