by Paul Osborne
March 31, 2014 (ISN) – HRH Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), has announced today that Edmonton, Canada and Durban, South Africa, have formally expressed their intent to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The CGF will now work together with both Commonwealth Games Canada and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as they look to develop their formal bids by the March 2015 deadline.
“This is an exciting development for the Games movement, one that reinforces the Games position on the world’s sporting stage,” said Imran
“The future outlook for the Commonwealth Games is extremely positive.
“Last week we saw the final visit of the Federation’s Coordination Commission to Glasgow in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and it highlighted the excellent progress being made there.
“Glasgow will be followed by a great Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 and now we have the prospect of these being followed by what I’m sure will be an outstanding Games in either Canada or South Africa in 2022.”
Following the formal bid deadline on March 2015, final consideration will be made by CGF members at a General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand on September 2, 2015.
There had been concern previously that no city would come forward to bid for the Games with no expressions of interest being formally proposed before today.
SASOC President Gideon Sam had hinted at a potential South African bid but it wasn’t until the nation received the support of its Government last week that they moved forward with their plans to officially declared their intent to bid.
“These are exciting times for South African sport,” said Sam.
“Over the years we have shown our ability to stage the biggest sporting events, with Rugby and Cricket World Cups being an example, plus of course the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“We’ve done exhaustive background work and are now of the opinion the country is ready for a major multi-code sports event and we are proud to announce our intention to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“It’s a huge step forward in our history – and that of the African continent.”