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Durban named as hosts of 2022 Commonwealth Games

The decision to bring the competition to South Africa’s east coast was made in New Zealand this morning.

Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Durban has been unveiled as the Commonwealth Games host for 2022.

The announcement was made this morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

The XXII Commonwealth Games are unanimously awarded to the South African city of Durban #CGFAssembly #Durban2022

South Africa's east coast city was set to run against the Edmonton, although the Canadian city pulled out of the race in February citing the negative impact of the fall in oil prices worldwide.

#Durban2022 Alec Moemi, Director General of Sports and Recreation: Where will you be in 2022? The whole world will be in Durban!

Moses Mabhida Stadium will play a major role in the hosting of the games, while the Rachel Finlayson Swimming Complex, just a few kilometres away on the promenade, will serve as the aquatics centre.

As the Fifa World Cup did in 2010, 2022 will be yet another milestone as the African continent gets set to host it's first ever Commonwealth Games.

South Africa hosted the All Africa Games in 1999, but this will be the country's first chance to host a global multi-coded sporting event.

Durban was the only city bidding to host the Games.

Earlier this year, Edmonton was a contender, but pulled out.

SA READY

South Africa hosted the 1999 All-Africa Games, but this will be the country's first attempt at hosting a global multi-coded sporting event.

The International Olympic Committee's Sam Ramsamy says South Africa has proved it's pedigree in the past.

"Our organisation will be of the highest tended as amply demonstrated by the world cups in football, rugby and cricket."

Chairman of the Durban 2022 Bid Committee, Mark Alexander, says the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games will accelerate the progress the city is making in construction and development.

The event will fast track economic growth in the country, with many describing it as a game changer for the city.

Durban won't erect dozens of stadia that will sit unused in the future, instead, a sustainable approach will see many of the city's existing developments upgraded and modernised.

Durban Mayor James Nxumalo told the committee Africa is ready.

"Today marks a gigantic leap in the affirmation and positive trajectory for the continent of Africa. It is a moment to seize and firmly anchor our position as a decisive force in sport."

The games open on 18 July 2022, which coincidentally is the late Nelson Mandela's birthday.

HISTORY

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from over 50 countries.

The next event will be held on Australia's Gold Coast in 2018.

Edmonton has already hosted the Games once before, in 1978, while Canada also hosted the inaugural Games in 1930 (Hamilton) as well as 1954 (Vancouver) and 1994 (Victoria).

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