South Africa’s Durban city has become first African city which will be hosting Commonwealth games. The opening ceremony of Commonwealth games is scheduled to hold on Nelson Mandela’s birthday i.e. 18 July. Durban is awarded these prestigious games after a vote at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) general assembly in Auckland on Wednesday.
Newly-elected Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said, “A historic decision for all of us and one that my commission completely endorses.”
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Durban is the only city in the race to host the competition as Edmonton and Canada cities withdrew from contention in the February. The closing ceremony of Durban Commonwealth Games will be held on 30 July 2022.
CGF vice-president and South African Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam said, “We are ready to host the Commonwealth Games for the first time on African soil.”
“The fundamental premise of our submission is that the Games will provide the opportunity at both an economic and social level in particular the development and inspiration of young people not only in South Africa but the rest of the Commonwealth,” he added.
Ahead of 2022, Australia will be hosting 2018 Commonwealth games at Gold Coast in Queensland from 4 to 15 April.