Commonwealth Games sprinting towards new 2022 host, says Kiwi Games boss

Mar 14, 2017, 00:38
Commonwealth Games sprinting towards new 2022 host, says Kiwi Games boss

It is believed the city did not meet the criteria set by the Commonwealth Games Federation and an announcement is expected later on today.

Birmingham and Liverpool went head to head for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday after Durban was all but stripped of the event.

"The CGF will continue to have an open dialogue with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the Republic of South Africa and remains committed to realising the shared ambitions of a future Commonwealth Games in Africa".

"This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent", he told Reuters.

Durban won the hosting rights in 2015 after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

"The likes of Jamie Carragher, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Tony Bellew are among the sporting figures who've offered their support to Liverpool's 2026 bid".

A trip days later by Martin to try and end the impasse was markedly low-key, in contrast to the extravagant publicity that marked the award of the Games to Durban in September 2015.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are set to be held in Gold Coast, Australia. However, "the South African government has been unable to come to agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation over paying for the tournament", says the BBC.

Mayor Phil Goff has already ruled out the Auckland taking on the 2022 assignment, saying the city was already under enough financial and infrastructure pressure.

"Besides, it would have made it increasingly hard for another potential host city if we had delayed the process any further", said Sam.

"I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth".