Stellenbosch - Bid officials from Durban will present their plans for the 2022
Commonwealth Games on Monday. The South African city is set to be the
first African host.
Durban, a possible future Olympic bidder, is
the only candidate for 2022 after Edmonton withdrew this month citing
financial difficulties caused by falling oil prices.
officials, including the minister of sport and the chief executive of
the Olympic committee, will make a 20-minute presentation to the
Commonwealth Games Federation executive committee in London on Monday,
the deadline for the lodging of bids.
The 2022 host will be announced at the CGF General Assembly in New Zealand in September.
CGF has called the bid by Durban, a city with balmy, tropical weather, "an historic and special moment for the
Commonwealth sporting movement."
South African officials say they still have to follow due process with their bid, despite it being the only one.
CGF will still have to make an assessment of our bid book which will
subsequently lead to site visits of the facilities in Durban," bid
committee and South African Olympic committee chief executive Tubby
Reddy said in a statement on Wednesday.
Durban's games will be centred on Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the 2010 soccer World Cup.
Durban's Commonwealth Games has complicated a possible South African Olympic bid.
was widely touted as an Olympic contender five years ago after South
Africa's widely praised hosting of the World Cup, but the government
backed down on a bid for the 2020 Summer Games.
Olympic officials say the country is still considering a bid for the
2024 or 2028 Games, but there has been no government commitment and the
Commonwealth Games is now the priority.
The International Olympic
Committee's reforms which allow a country to spread an Olympics across
more than one host city, could help South Africa host the biggest sports
event on the planet. South Africa could consider splitting an Olympics
between the picturesque seaside city of Durban and the economic hub of
Johannesburg, the country's biggest city.
The deadline for cities to inform the IOC of their intention to bid for the 2024 Olympics is September 15.
Durban bid committee chairperson Mark Alexander said the Commonwealth bid "demonstrates our capacity to host global events."