Curried pineapple, rickshaws to woo Commonwealth Games bigwigs

2015-07-23 18:30
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Durban - The push for Durban to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games continued in earnest on Thursday, with the second stage of delegate tours around key points in the city.  

Delegates drawn from nations in Europe and Oceania, representing the Commonwealth Games Federation, visited the coastal hub as part of the evaluation process of the city’s bid.

The drive to host the games has drawn a considerable amount of consternation, as the costs of which have been pegged at as much as R1.2bn.

Thursday’s roadshow saw the group shuttled from the beachfront to the ICC, and then onto Moses Mabhida Stadium.

At the Rachel Finlayson Pools, which could face a complete revamp if the games are awarded to Durban, Local Organising Committee engineer Ruben Reddy said that Durban would play to its strengths, using existing facilities in their bid proposal.

“What we have got we will be using and we will extend where needed for purposes of legacy. What we will not require for legacy purposes, we will use temporary facilities,” he said.

The north beach zone has been identified for the swimming events, triathlon, cycling and basketball.

A strip of beach near the Bluff, home to Durban’s dilapidated whaling station, will be transformed into a hub for the shooting events should Durban win.

“The pool will need to be rebuilt because it is not the correct depth and it is also a saltwater pool. It will be redone to meet all the necessary specifications,” Reddy added.

Speaking to News24, Reddy said they were nearing the final phase of delegate site visits.

“Ahead of the Soccer World Cup we built everything new and now in this bid we have gone the opposite route by choosing the sporting codes for the facilities that we have.

"We are not building anything new and that is why track cycling is off the programme because we do not have a suitable velodrome,” he said.  

“With minor upgrades and some extensions through temporary facilities, they will be good to go.”

Delegates were treated to rickshaw rides from one point on the beach to another and enjoyed a taste of a Durban delicacy, curried pineapple, with extra curry powder for those feeling adventurous. 

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