Durban loses chance to host 2022 Commonwealth Games
Durban is a fairly small city in South Africa which had been selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games; however they have confessed that they don’t have enough money to stage the tournament!
The news is seriously hindering the country as it would have been the first time that the Commonwealth Games were hosted in Africa. The Chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, David Grevemberg, said the city did not meet the criteria set by his organisation, and the search for a new host city had already begun.
After Durban became unable to host the games, Liverpool and Birmingham both expressed an interest to step in, but the mission is still on to find a town or city that matches the criteria.
To prove how desperate Liverpool are to host the games, a spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “We had heard rumours a few months ago that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.”
Birmingham has also indicated that they are prepared to host the games with Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of the city council, stating: “Here in Birmingham we are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memorable Games in the city.”
In the past, there hasn’t been too much of a rivalry between the two cities and let’s just hope that things don’t turn sour between the two, but it is certain that they are both determined to make this happen.
It is such a shame that such a small town can’t host the games as it would be something that would stick as the proudest moment in their history, however if they don’t have the money then they won’t have the games.
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent
Senior Young Journalist
Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy