Chairman of the Commonwealth Bid Committee, Mark Alexander welcomed the support shown for Durban’s bid to host the 2022 Games. Alexander said: ‘Our athletes are getting behind the Bid and this gives us tremendous confidence as we move towards lodging our Bid in London on 2 March 2015.’ Prominent swimmer Cameron Van Der Burgh, athlete Khotso Mokoena and paralympian Dyan Buis have come out in support of Durban’s bid.
All have expressed excitement at the prospect of Durban hosting the Games in 2022 and have urged South Africans to show their support and to back the Bid. Netball SA President, Mimi Mthethwa said: ‘Netball South Africa is elated that the City of Durban will be bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Games will provide an opportunity for the country to see some of our country’s finest netballers participate at the highest level of world sports. We hope that the Games will inspire young people from marginalised communities to participate in the sport.’ She urged all South Africans to get behind Durban’s bid and she wished the Bid Committee well in their journey to bring the Games to Durban.
The official Bid lodgment takes place at the Commonwealth Federation in London on 2 March 2015 where the City of Durban will make a presentation that will showcase Durban as the ideal candidate to host Africa’s first Commonwealth Games. ‘We are confident that Durban will make an outstanding presentation that will convince members of the Commonwealth Federation that it is time for Africa to host the Games,’ said Tubby Reddy, CEO of the Bid Committee. Reddy added that support from ‘our athletes and from South Africans will give our Bid a tremendous boost as we will go into the Bid presentation knowing that the country fully supports us.’