By James K. Attaglo Wilson
The Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] is close to making a decision to select the host city of the 2022 Games.
Durban, the coastal city of South Africa initially won the bid on September 02, 2015 at a General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
It was, however, reported in February 2017 that Durban may not be able to host the Games because of financial constraints. This forced the Commonwealth Games Federation to stripe of the beautiful coastal city [Durban] the rights to host.
A new bidding process was initiated, but by the end of the deadline – September, 2017 only Birmingham had made a complete bid. The English city stated that 95% of competition venues are already in place for the multi-sport event.
They also placed an enhanced Alexander Stadium in the central of its bidding documents, with the venue earmarked for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as hosting the athletics.
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Games Federation evaluation panel chaired by CGF President – Louise Martin has taken a decision to extend the bidding process beyond the September 30th deadline day in order to allow cities more time to develop their hosting propositions.
After a thorough deliberation in Gold Coast [Australia], the Executive Board determined that it required further clarification on a range of issues identified by the Evaluation Panel before it can appoint a host city for 2022.
“When the CGF General Assembly took the difficult decision to reallocate the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it delegated the Federation’s Executive Board the responsibility to award the Games,” Louise Martin said.
“It is essential that we have fully examined all aspects of the cities’ bid submissions and expressions of interest, and that we are fully satisfied that the ultimate host for 2022 is capable of staging a Games that fully delivers for Commonwealth athletes and host communities,” he adds.
“The CGF is close to making a decision to select the host city of the 2022 Games. We thank all nations who have participated in the process.
“We are also close to achieving significant Games legacy objectives, however we have been asked to provide a little more time in order for these to be realised, and in the interest of good partnership we have decided to allow this.
“The CGF is confident that we will make a final decision regarding the selection of a host city for 2022 before the year-end, but we will continue to remain flexible and collaborative in a true sense of partnership with potential hosts so that, above all, we have a decision that the entire Commonwealth can get behind.”
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