SA to bid for 2022 Games

2011-06-02 14:05

Durban - South Africa will bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games having last week pulled out of the race to stage the 2020 summer Olympics, the country's Olympic federation chief Gideon Sam said on Thursday.

"Immediately after the announcement of where the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held, we will go in for 2022. It has never been to Africa and so we want to put in a bid," he told reporters.

The host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be announced in November in St Kitts & Nevis.

South Africa was widely expected to bid for the 2020 Olympics but the government decided not to back a bid, saying it wanted to focus on delivering basic services such as water and electricity to all its citizens.

But Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASOC), said there was nothing to stop the country bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

He told reporters at the 30-day countdown to the 123rd International Olympic Committee Session to be held in Durban in July that South Africa had previously stepped back to allow other countries to bid for the Commonwealth Games.

"In the past we stood back for Nigeria but they lost out to Glasgow (for the right to host the 2014 games). This time we have said there will be no horse-trading, we will put up our hand and see how we go," he said.

Sam added that a bid for the Commonwealth Games would not be hampered by the same issues that affected a possible Olympics bid.

"The scale of the Commonwealth Games is a lot smaller than the Olympics. We will have to have buy-in from a host city and from government, because of security issues, but we are not talking about the expense of an Olympics," he said.


  • Will99 - 2011-06-02 14:37

    So what is the difference?

      Little Jim - 2011-06-02 17:04

      More deluswions of grandeur from the Department of Sport and SASCOC!! Apart from that, the only reason SA pulled out of the running for the Olympics is because the ANC got the fright of its life in the local elections and thinks that by canning the bid for the Olympics people will take note and see that its trying to up service delivery with more money. There might be a sliver of compassion for the poor in the ANC afterall...ever so slightly little compassion!

  • stofsuier - 2011-06-02 14:49

    Hope the country is still stable by then ???

  • spiderkzn - 2011-06-02 15:12

    wonderful! Hope we will get it then...

  • Vandie - 2011-06-02 15:26


  • Rover_ZA - 2011-06-02 15:46

    Fingers crossed

  • wynandjsmit - 2011-06-02 15:49

    Are we still member of the Commonwealth?

  • Bill - 2011-06-02 15:59

    The Olympic Games are a financial dead loss to the host country, and that is with world-wide participation, television audiences, and massive interest. The Commonwealth Games are restricted to those who previously formed a part of the map that was painted red (The British Empire) with limited participation, much smaller television audiences and minimal interest. Is this going to cost the country money? Who will foot the bill, and why? How many schools, hospitals, and shelters for homeless people can be built with the money wasted on the Commonwealth Games? Are we going to be burdened with more massively useless stadiums and infrastructure that is worth billions left to rot after the games are over a la the Soccer World Cup. Sometimes we need to sit back and think about the cost not the prestige.

  • Thor - 2011-06-02 16:04

    These guys think there will be a country left to host the games? Not at the rate the ANC is going.

  • graham.carruthers - 2011-06-02 16:12

    I hope we get it! This is smaller than the football, but more challenging in some regards because of the number of events. A very good learning curve for the "main event". Being a Durbanite I hope we get it, but then again i'm biased :)

  • Anton - 2011-06-02 16:44

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Let's stop this madness, we have only just had the biggest CON , Africa ever experienced, when FIFA walked away with billions ( US Dollars ! ) , to Switserland, and we, THE SUCKERS, will pay for THEIR party. for years to come ! There is NO South African business or individual , that made one extra cent from the 2010 SWC.! ! , Actually, most made heavy losses ! ! And the sooner we accept that reality, the better. ! And this , excuse my language, total crap, that the country benefits from events like these ! Since when is a foreign investor going to invest in South Africa ?, Because we can built nice stadiums and can get the soccer fans in time for their match ???? Or that the 800 metre gold medal, was won in a Olympic swimming pool.. in Durban ?? An investor will only take his money where it is safe and where he can get a good return. FIFA left South Africa with useless billion Rand stadiums scattered around the country. What we want now ??? Billion Rand Olympic swimming pools scattered around the country , in places like Polokwane, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg ???? Besides, it is an unbelievable insult, to the millions of South Aricans, living in shacks and who struggle to survive, to spend ,more, billions , for a few weeks event. Why don't the ones who want to watch these games, go and watch these beautiful games in another country ? And anyone that says that it will benefit tourism, does not understand this industry !

      Krolie - 2011-06-03 07:23

      I agree! We're still waiting for the masses to arrive for the SWC at our resort! I suppose that the only way to have had that privilege would have been to have a stadium built on our grounds! NO, to the 2022 Games! Our people need homes etc. When that has happened and their lives have been improved to an ACCEPTABLE standard and the government has dealt with our crime and corruption issues, then only can SA think of bidding for another event. We want to hold our heads high and with pride, and show the world that SA has NOTHING to be ashamed of. That SA is safe. At the moment one can't guarantee that, as SA is now also known as the place to have your spouse assasinated if you so wish. NO. SA has A LOT to sort out before we can lift our heads with pride and look the world in the eye and invite them back to our shores.

  • Redwine - 2011-06-02 18:56

    Ask Delhi what the benefit was. Only Kalmadi and his cronies benefitted. India is a country much like ours with rich and poor but a far superior growth rate. Venues where empty people only attended when it was clear cut that a local will win. Foreigners are not attending. They now have useless venues and the bills to pay and nobody can recall a single event of note less than a year ago. Waste of money. Taxpayers remand your cities not to touch this you will regret.

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