The Commonwealth Games of 2022 will be coming to the City of Durban after a unanimous vote by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday. President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Gideon Sam says: ‘I stand before you today an extremely proud South African. We are ready to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, for the very first time on African soil, in Durban South Africa in 2022.’ The fundamental premise of our submission is that the Games will provide an opportunity to fast track our development both on an economic and social level. In particular the development and inspiration of our young people not only in South Africa but in the rest of the Commonwealth.”
Sam thanked the CGF for their constructive inputs and positive feedback and once again emphasised that Durban is well suited and ready to host the greatest Commonwealth Games ever and to inspire many generations to come, while contributing to the growth of the Commonwealth Games Movement.
Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Fikile Mbalula congratulated Durban on its successful bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Mbalula says: ‘As a ministry and department we put all our efforts in ensuring that the bid to host the Commonwealth Games is successful. We are excited to see our efforts bearing good results. With these games we plan to create a better quality of life that is as free as possible of social ills and other challenges faced by young people. We will tell through these games tell our story of an unparalleled unity in diversity, reconstruction and development, our rise and affirmation. Further, our National Development Plan (NDP) enjoins us to do more in developing the Southern African region as an international tourist destination by promoting its broader biodiversity, cultural diversity and scenic beauty. It further calls for easier travel between countries in the region. This then will help us in integrating not only Africa but also the Commonwealth nations together. Sport continues to unite South Africans, healing past wounds and creating a better future for all.’
The Department expects up to R20 billion in output to the economy which this translates to R11 billion in GDP growth delivered by the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Sports and Recreation added that Durban was at a great advantage because it will not build but renovate and use existing infrastructure made possible by the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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