Durban’s Commonwealth Games bid likely to succeed?

2015-08-12 06:00

THE eThekwini Municipality has welcomed the recommendation made by the Commonwealth Games Federation Evaluation Commission that its general assembly should vote in favour of Durban’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The report of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Evaluation Commission, chaired by CGF honorary secretary, Louise Martin, CBE, is the outcome of detailed independent assessments of Durban’s bid proposal, on-site meetings and detailed review workshops with members of Durban’s bid committee, government and city partners. Mayor James Nxumalo said the city was pleased that Durban’s bid proposal was unanimously endorsed by the CGF Evaluation Commission. “We are confident we will successfully deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games should the CGF general assembly vote for Durban on 2 September. The regional clusters of Commonwealth Games Associations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania have visited Durban to experience first-hand the games venues, our world-class infrastructure, legacy projects and other components in the Durban bid in order for them to vote from an informed perspective and award the games to Durban based on merit,” said Nxumalo. Durban bid committee chair, Mark Alexander, said this is the first step towards bringing the games to Africa and that there is still 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,” said Alexander. The Evaluation Commission’s report, distributed to CGF members on Monday, 3 August, said many positive impacts of Durban’s bid for the games were highlighted. Such positive comments were that 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 Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience. - Supplied.

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