The committee for the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games bid is in London to present and officially lodge their application to be in the running to host the globally recognised multi-sport event.
The group of people who are in the English capital to represent the Durban bid include charismatic Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) President Gideon Sam, bid committee chairman Mark Alexander and Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, who is a bid ambassador for Durban 2022.
The committee presented a 600-page bid book containing a vast array of information concerning Durban’s ability to host the event, and the positive economic effect that the coastal city will benefit from.
The presentation suggests that hosting the Commonwealth Games in seven years time will provide a boost to the economy, create jobs and add to the existing transport and social infrastructure.
The committee projects that the event will create almost 12,000 jobs and provide around R20 billion additional funds for the economy as a result.
The Durban 2022 bid looks positive at the moment, as the South Africans are the only city that officially put themselves forward at the bid lodging event. Edmonton, Canada seemed to be in the running until a few weeks ago, when they withdrew from consideration due to economic reasons.
The Durban bid still needs to follow due process before the eventual announcement of the host nation in New Zealand this coming September.
The last Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014, while the 2018 edition will be hosted in Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia.