Durban will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it has been announced in Auckland on Wednesday by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The news will not come as a surprise as the South African city was the only one bidding to host the sporting event that largely features the United Kingdom and her former colonies. SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy doubles as the Durban 2022 Bid Committee’s chief executive and together with chairman Mark Alexander and the country’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula, was visibly delighted.
Reddy had stressed in the build up that while the hosting rights were a virtual certainty, after Canada’s Edmonton pulled out earlier in the year, that the KwaZulu-Natal city still had to tick several boxes in order to meet the requirements for hosting the Games. Mbalula says: ‘The South African government took a deliberate decision to position our country as a tourist destination and these Games will once again affirm this. We expect up to R20 billion in output to the economy which translates to R11 billion in GDP growth delivered by the 2022 Commonwealth Games. We are at a great advantage because we won’t build but renovate and use existing infrastructure made possible by the 2010 FIFA World Cup.’
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is expected to host the opening and closing ceremonies.
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