Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games: Liverpool to step in?

Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games: Liverpool to step in?

The head of the Commonwealth Games Federation said Monday the organisation was "actively exploring alternative options" to Durban as host of the 2022 Games after "key obligations" had not been met by the South African city.

After concerns were raised by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula a number of weeks ago, the reality finally dawned on the country's sports officials and government alike, that hosting an event the magnitude of the Commonwealth Games in Durban was beyond its financial means.

Durban 2022 would have been the first staging of the Commonwealth Games in Africa.

It was on the basis of their recommendation that the CGF board made its decision on Monday.

The next Games are set to be held in 2018 at the Gold Coast, Australia.

The Federation released a statement a short while ago saying that - having completed its review of the final information submitted by South Africa on 30 November previous year, it was discovered that a number of key obligations and commitments in areas had not been met.

Several injured in ax attack at Dusseldorf train station
Shocking images show injured passengers lying on the floor in the station, surrounded by paramedics. According to initial reports a man wielding an axe entered the station and injured two people.

Gideon Sam, in charge of the South African Sports Confederation and the NOC, commented to Reuters, "This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent".

Durban missed deadlines last November to sign the host city contract, establish an organising committee and make contracted payments to the CGF, leading to a review team being sent to re-evaluate the South African bid. But without the necessary Government guarantees, we couldn't move on.

"It does not look like we will find each other", he said.

South Africa has also been touted as a possible Olympic host, and was considering bidding for the Summer Games in as early as 2028.

The organisation's chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We are sad, of course we are, but particularly for the people of South Africa".

One city that has already expressed its interest in hosting the 2022 games is Liverpool.

Related News:

  • Boeing unveils the 737 MAX 9

    Boeing unveils the 737 MAX 9

    Following on from 737 MAX 8 rollout and flight test, Boeing is now rolling out the first new 737 MAX 9, right on schedule. Such planes are popular with budget airlines that comprise a key market for both aircraft manufacturers.
    Scarlett Johansson: 'I will not comment on my divorce'

    Scarlett Johansson: 'I will not comment on my divorce'

    The exes then agreed on another arrangement that gave Johansson three days a week with her daughter and Dauriac two. Romain Dauriac was reportedly "shocked" when Scarlett Johansson officially filed for divorce on Tuesday (07.03.17).
    Possible contractions for April the giraffe

    Possible contractions for April the giraffe

    The stream, however, was briefly taken down when animal rights activists flagged it as "sexually explicit", according to the park. Zookeepers did not know until recently that the mother, Kipele, was pregnant since she was on birth control, CBS Denver reports .
  • U.S.  demonizes Russian Federation  with claims of tampering election, Kremlin says

    U.S. demonizes Russian Federation with claims of tampering election, Kremlin says

    He added that Russian Federation had seen no evidence over claims made by multiple USA intelligence agencies that Moscow had interfered in the elections.
    World's Heaviest Woman Receives Bariatric Surgery In India

    World's Heaviest Woman Receives Bariatric Surgery In India

    The Daily Mail reported Abd El Aty lost 66 pounds in five days with a strict 1,200 calorie diet in preparation for the surgery. Eman, 37, was airlifted from Alexandria in Egypt and brought to Mumbai on February 11, when she weighed around 500 kg.

    Avoid General Electric (GE) Amid Depressed Stock and Dividend Growth Performance

    The recent trading ended with the price almost 0.18 higher for the last 5 trading days, rebounding 23.89% from its 52-week low. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website .
  • Iran disputes United States  allegations about encounter at sea

    Iran disputes United States allegations about encounter at sea

    But a key Republican called for more than tough words in response to what he described as Iranian provocations. Three British Royal Navy vessels, accompanying the American ship at the time, were also forced to move.
    Jason Marquis gets Team Israel off to great start at WBC

    Jason Marquis gets Team Israel off to great start at WBC

    For more in-depth coverage of the WBC, including videos from Israel's opening game, click on this Major League Baseball link. But Japan put the game out of reach in the same frame, with Tsutsugo cracking a two-run homer to finish it off.
    Low-intensity blast in passenger train in Madhya Pradesh: Railways

    Low-intensity blast in passenger train in Madhya Pradesh: Railways

    The blast, which took place as the train was about to reach Jabdi station, damaged the glass panes in the general coach. Passengers also told the rescuers that a suitcase exploded inside the train triggering panic among the public.
  • Rubbish landslide in Ethiopian capital leaves 35 dead

    Rubbish landslide in Ethiopian capital leaves 35 dead

    It plans to burn rubbish generated by the capital's estimated four million people and convert it into electricity. The landfill has been used for more than 50 years, with other, smaller landslides reported in recent years.
    Train collides with bus at railroad crossing in Mississippi

    Train collides with bus at railroad crossing in Mississippi

    The National Transportation Safety Board says the freight train was traveling at about 19 miles per hour at time of the collision. The president of Bastrop Senior Center says most of the passengers , who were on a trip to a Biloxi casino, were center members.
    Cavs fall to Heat, lose Bogut to broken leg

    Cavs fall to Heat, lose Bogut to broken leg

    He was defending Heat forward Okaro White, whose leg collided with Bogut, as he attempted to dribble around the 32-year-old Aussie.


Most liked

Intel to acquire Israeli tech firm Mobileye for $14.7 billion
In its annual report for 2015, Mobileye said its products "were included in serial production vehicle models since 2007". Intel estimates the vehicle systems, data and services market opportunity will reach $70 billion by 2030.

Germany's Merkel meets Trump amid tense ties
The United States will release its Labour Market Conditions Index for February tonight, after having announced steady jobs growth last Friday.

Arkansas vs. Kentucky - 3/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
We knew what we had to do. "We're starting to click now because we're starting to mature, and it's showing", Adebayo said. It will play eighth-ranked Kentucky , a 79-74 victor against Alabama, for the second time in three years today.

Trumps asks for resignation of US Attorney A. Lee Bentley III
Bahrara met with Trump back in November, when he claims Trump asked him to stay on as U.S. Bharara, who covered the Southern district of NY , refused.

Elon Musk to fix South Australia's electricity woes in 100 days
Sarah Hanson-Young, a senator for South Australia for the Greens party, then reached out to Musk asking to talk. The project includes a 13-megawatt solar farm and a 52-megawatt-hour battery installation, reported The Verge .

31 convicted, 117 let off for Maruti plant violence
Administration had imposed Section 144 in the district court premises and within 500 metres of the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar. New Delhi Television station reported that another 117 men were acquitted of charges of criminal conspiracy and murder Friday.

Rod? A-Lo? Jennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Dating
Some celebrities are overly bothered by age but as for Jennifer , she does not care if her dating partner is younger than her. The megafamous duo have a lot in common, both were raised in NY and both are parents to two children around the same age.

Ciara Involved in Car Accident
Ciara was able to walk around and talk on the phone afterward, but she was also holding her chest and shoulder after the accident. Russell revealed to Extra in January that the name for their child has already been chosen, hinting: 'It will be a good one.

Four deaths blamed on west Texas wildfires
A wildfire a year ago that burned land in Comanche County and neighboring Barber County held the previous state record. Evacuation orders were issued for the communities of Laverne, Buffalo and Fort Supply in Woodward and Payne Counties.

Statue of girl facing down Wall Street bull highlights inequality
On Women's Day, a new defiant statue of a little girl was placed opposite the raging bull in front of Wall Street firm on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech wrestling wins ACC team title
Guy tied his career-high with 20 points in the game, looking poised and confident in his first collegiate postseason match. After Artis responded with a 3, Perrantes made it two in a row from long range in a span of 56 seconds.

To-Hawaii flight diverted to Los Angeles after dispute over blanket fee
Footage of the incident showed the man, wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap as he was escorted from the plane by two officers. An unruly passenger prompted a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to divert to Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

Is winter going to make a return this weekend?
Total snowfall for the season to date in Newark, as of February 28, was 20.6 inches, or 2.4 inches below normal. Saturday afternoon - A rain and snow mix will develop, becoming more snow as temperatures dip below freezing.

Renault Zoe E-sport hyper hatch is revealed at Geneva sporting 456bhp
The ZOE e-sport concept proves the French carmaker sees no reason why a battery-powered auto can't be seriously swift, too. Additionally, the vehicle gets larger brakes, a flat floor and a rear diffuser to go along with the other changes.

British TV streaming service BritBox launches in US
The two broadcasters market the service as the "largest collection of British programming available to USA audiences". Other classic comedies include James Corden's Gavin & Stacey, Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder , and Red Dwarf .