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No official sign off from govt regarding 2022 bid funding

The Durban 2022 bid committee has delivered its presentation to the Commonwealth Federation in London.

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

JOHANNESBURG - There is still no official sign off from government yet regarding the funding for the bidding process and hosting of the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A team travelled to London this past weekend to make its presentation to the Commonwealth Games Federation after Edmonton pulled out of the bidding process last month.

The Durban 2022 bid committee delivered its presentation to the Commonwealth Federation in London on Monday, officially declaring Durban's intention to host the 2022 games.

The committee comprised of Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy.

Durban is the only city in the running to host the games.

Reddy says issues around funding will be finalised in due course.

"The figures have been discussed between the DG of sports and the other DGs, particularly the DG of treasury. I think those processes are unfolding, once we get back and everybody understand the full picture and the numbers that are required, there will be some finality on that."

He says the federation will also interrogate their bid document over the next few months and conduct some feasibility study.

"One part of the process now at the end of April, they have an evaluation commission, who will come to Durban and they will interrogate both the document and ourselves in terms of checking what we are putting on the table is feasible and manageable in terms of delivery."

Reddy says there's a lot to do before the host city is announced later this year.

"We will then show them the facilities, run a programme for them. In the mix we also we'd go to a few of the congresses they have and present to them and then get to Auckland, New Zealand on 2 September."

If Durban wins the bid, it would be the first time the games took place on African soil.

A review of the bid and a voting session will take place ahead of the big announcement on 2 September.