Reddy: Commonwealth Federation felt SA wasn’t ready to host
Government couldn’t provide financial guarantees, plus other commitments promised almost 18 months after winning the bid.
JOHANNESBURG – The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy says the Commonwealth Games Federation felt they were left with no choice but to strip Durban of its right to host the 2022 games.
Government couldn’t provide financial guarantees, plus other commitments promised almost 18 months after winning the bid in which South Africa stood alone.
The games bid compromises of 13 themes which must be met.
According to Reddy, the federation evaluated South Africa’s shortcomings.
“That report indicates there were nine or 10 different areas we needed to now give them further information on.
“They gave us until 30 November to make sure that we can actually put that in place, which we did, and it didn’t come up to them being comfortable that we can continue to host.”
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Reddy believes South Africa will bounce back from its failed Commonwealth Games bid.
On Monday this week, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced that Durban would be stripped of its hosting rights, with the games set to take place in 2022.
Durban’s failure to secure the bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is a major embarrassment for the country, with the historic bid serving as the first stop of the multi-coded event on African soil.
Reddy says South Africans will understandably feel let down.
“I don’t think there’s irreparable damage, the country will be disappointed, and athletes will be disappointed.”
However, Reddy admits the country's reputation as a world-class host may have taken a knock.
“Apart from Commonwealth Games, the multi-sport event is All Africa Games or Olympics Games. Just given the economic climate, I can’t see us bidding to host any of these games.”
While no replacement for 2022 has been named just yet, the attention will focus on the Gold Coast in Australia who will host next year’s games.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)