After a long anxious wait, Durban has finally been confirmed as the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. South Africans & Durbanites, young and old, should feel a great sense of pride in the city. Although the Commonwealth Games will have been around for nearly a century in 2022 – no African country has ever hosted the games before. This really is quite the auspicious occasion – Africa, and indeed Durban, are excited & proud to host this four-yearly sporting event!
The announcement means that there will be a lot of work to be done by the city to prepare for the games, which it has said it is approaching with “a smart budget”. South African officials have said that only an athletes village & shooting range will need to be built, and Moses Mabhida Stadium will be sporting an athletics track to boot.
Durban Bid Chairman & SA Rugby Vice-Chairman Mark Alaxander said that the city is set to profit handsomely from the games, which will last a total of 12 days.
To mark the occasion, the start of the games is set to be on the 18 July, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President and global political icon, Nelson Mandela.