The Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee has welcomed the announcement that the report of the Commonwealth Games Federation Evaluation Commission has recommended that its General Assembly votes to award the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the Durban. The report of the Evaluation Commission, chaired by CGF Honorary Secretary Louise Martin CBE, is the result of detailed independent assessments of Durban’s bid proposal, on-site meetings and detailed engagement with Durban 2022 and its government and city partners. Durban Bid Committee chair, Mark Alexander, says: ‘We are absolutely thrilled at the unanimous endorsement of our Bid proposal together with the assessment of the various components that we envisage will make Durban one of the most successful cities to host the Commonwealth Games. This is just the first step towards bringing the Games to Africa, there is still tremendous amount of work that needs to be done. While this is a recommendation from the Evaluation Commission of the CGF, the affiliated member countries still need to cast their vote for Durban on 2 September 2015.’
According to the Evaluation Commission’s report, Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens (especially young people), athletes and the Commonwealth. The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred around the sporting super-precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and to enhance athlete experience. CEO of the Bid Committee, Tubby Reddy, says: ‘We are obviously delighted with the recommendations of the CGF Evaluation Commission and would like to thank its chairperson, Louise Martin, and her team who analysed our proposal with great amount of attention and rigor. We are working with all our partners to provide some of the outstanding Host City technical information required by the CGF and we are confident that we will meet their deadlines timeously. As the Bid Committee we have always maintained that Durban’s bid and the subsequent awarding of the Bid must be based on merit. We have demonstrated that Durban’s proposition was indeed of a world class standard and that the stringent technical criteria demanded by the CGF have been met by Durban.’
Alexander noted the role played by the various stakeholders who have contributed towards Durban’s bid, saying: ‘National government, the Department of Sports and Recreation, the City of Durban, the province of KwaZulu-Natal and all the other sectors that have pledged support to Durban’s bid can be proud of what has been achieved on this journey towards bringing the Games to Africa. We are now working tirelessly to ensure that there is a unanimous vote in favour of Durban on 2 September 2015.’ This week the Bid Committee hosts members of the Caribbean and Americas who will personally inspect what Durban has to offer for participants arriving in South Africa in 2022.
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