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South Africa loses right to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

The South African City of Durban has lost the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the broadcaster eNCA reported on Monday.

South Africa had too many outstanding tasks to be able to host the Games, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam was quoted as saying Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 as the only city to make a confirmed bid.

The bid was believed to have been withdrawn because of financial constraints.

NAN reports that the games were set to open on July 18, 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.

The City of Durban’s Commonwealth Bid Committee, a part of South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, lodged the city’s bid to host the games at Mansion House in London on March 2, 2015, leaving Durban as the only candidate city to host the games after Canada withdrew Edmonton as their bid city.

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At the same time the Durban 2022 brand was launched on social media as Durban2022 on Facebook, @Durban2022 on Twitter and @Durban2022 on Instagram.