The 2022 Commonwealth Games are still a few years away, but it looks like the host city might not be able to host it after all.
Durban may be unable to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games because of financial reasons. The coastal city was awarded the honour in September 2015 but has failed to meet expectations.
Durban missed important deadlines and didn’t submit documents in time. The deadline was extended and South Africa played games themselves by meeting the deadline just one day before.
Now, sports minister Fikile Mbalula has admitted that the country might not be able to host the event due to funding.
“We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t.”
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has spent almost R120 million for the 2022 Games. Luckily, South Africa would have made up for all the money spent on the bid. The government calculated the Games could bring in a profit of R20 billion.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games is going to be the first time the event is hosted in Africa. Or maybe we should say was, since Liverpool has offered to step in and host the event.
People on social media are clearly not happy with the situation.
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Durban's hopes to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games are fading. pic.twitter.com/Gwzn8y65DM
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