The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Evaluation Commission has had two days of robust discussion and analysis of Durban’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The five-strong commission, chaired by CGF Honorary Secretary Louise Martin CBE, began evaluating Durban plans to host the first Commonwealth Games on African soil, before Durban’s bid is voted on by all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth Games Federation membership at their General Assembly on 2 September 2015. The four-day visit focused on analyzing and learning more about the technical aspects of the bid, meeting Durban’s Bid Committee, the government and City partners who will be essential to the successful delivery of the Games and visiting numerous competition and noncompetition venues and facilities.
The CGF held technical discussions with the transport, security, venue, hospitality and accommodation, medical and legacy project teams in order to get a greater understanding of how the various components would function in order for the Games to be a success. Durban Bid chairman Mark Alexander says: ‘The mission of the Durban Commonwealth Bid Committee is to deliver world class venues, facilities, infrastructure and transport for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, on time, within budget and to leave a legacy for future generations. We have had tough and detailed discussions with the CGF and are confident that our plans, for the hosting a successful Games in 2022, will meet the exacting standards set by the CGF.’ Alexander added that what the CGF Evaluation Commission had witnessed is “a Bid City that is passionate and committed to hosting the Games in 2022 and our plans are geared towards making it an exceptional showcase for the City of Durban as a world class sporting destination of choice.”
Alexander said ‘this is about the nuts and bolts of our Bid and our ability to host the Games in 2022.’ Tubby Reddy, CEO of Durban Bid Committee says: ‘In our interactions with the CGF, we have impressed upon them that Durban will deliver a world-class event, on time and within a strict budget. All our venues are fit for purpose and with projected upgrades these will be amongst the best in the world. Our primary objective is to ensure that health, safety and security, sustainability and our legacy projects and programmes are of the highest standards. What we are presenting to the CGF is a unique model for future Games. Our concept of a compact Games means that many of the sporting events will be held with a 2.5km precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will be the main focus of the Games.’ The CGF Evaluation Committee will finalise their primary drafting of the Evaluation Report by July 2015.
The Evaluation Commission will then prepare a Bid Evaluation Report, for presentation to the CGF membership no later than one month before the General Assembly, to help inform the membership’s vote.