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Durban to lodge 2022 Commonwealth Games bid today

Durban’s bid to host the games will be formally lodged in London today.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban. Picture: Victoria Campbell-Gillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Durban's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be formally lodged today in London, with the committee projecting it will create nearly 12,000 jobs and provide an estimated R20 billion boost to the economy.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, bid committee chairman Mark Alexander, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) President Gideon Sam and bid ambassador, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh will all look to impress at the bid lodgement ceremony today.

The comprehensive 600-page bid book contains an economic impact assessment that predicts a huge boost to the economy, job creation and improve housing and transport as a spin-off, while officials remain tight-lipped about the actual cost of hosting the event, with national government yet to formally sign off on those involved.

Durban is only sitting in the running Edmonton and Canada withdrew due to financial concerns, with the host to be confirmed on 2 September in Auckland, New Zealand.