Offering world-class venues, warm hospitality and an Opening Ceremony on Mandela Day, the city of Durban, South Africa today (Monday March 2) formally lodged its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In an historic ceremony featuring South African cultural performers, the South African Minister for Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, presented the official candidature files outlining the city’s aspirations to host the first-ever Commonwealth Games in Africa to HRH Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Commonwealth and Olympic medal-winning athletes including swimmer Cameron Van Der Burgh, Para Athlete Dyan Buis and triple jumper Khotso Mokoena joined civic and sports leaders from South Africa and Durban for the celebratory event in Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
The Durban Bid Team, led by Bid Chairman Mark Alexander, and including the South African Minister for Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, the Mayor of Durban James Nxumalo, and Senzo Mchunu, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, outlined their ambitions for the XXII Commonwealth Games to CGF leaders and an international audience of senior sporting, civic and Commonwealth representatives including the Commonwealth Secretary General, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma. The Bid will now undergo a thorough review by the CGF Evaluation Commission, which is chaired by Louise Martin CBE, Honorary Secretary of the CGF. The Commission will submit its findings to the CGF membership who will vote on the Durban Bid at their General Assembly which takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, exactly six months from today. The Commonwealth Games is one of the world’s great sporting and cultural celebrations, bringing together the nations, territories and citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport and friendship.
More than 4 500 athletes from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth took part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which was watched by more than one billion people around the world. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place in Gold Coast, Australia. HRH Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation said: Today is a special day for our friends from Durban and South Africa – and, indeed, all of us in the’Commonwealth sporting movement as we share the first steps of the journey towards the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games as a world sporting event and the Commonwealth Games Federation as a global sporting movement are both primed for action and looking forward to an impactful future with great optimism and great ambitions. We recognise our unique ability to connect, empower and create a lasting legacy for nations, cities, communities and individuals through the world-class sporting stage that is the Commonwealth Games. And we recognise too, our obligations to make the most of that wonderful potential. Commonwealth Games Federation Operational Note Strictly not for publication. We wish Team Durban every success, look forward to hearing your plans and sharing your ambitions to write your place in sporting history as the hosts of the first Commonwealth Games in Africa.’