Durban stripped of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban has been stripped of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games after failing to meet several of its obligations and commitments.

The Games were awarded to Durban, who were set to be the first African hosts of the event, in September 2015.

However, a review conducted by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) found a "significant departure from the undertakings provided in Durban's bid".

David Grevemberg, the chief executive of the CGF, was quoted by the BBC as saying: "We have had to postpone these ambitions to a later time. We all share disappointment that this ambition needs to be postponed right now.

"We have engaged with the [South African] government to really try to work with their current circumstances but also uphold the commitments that were outlined in their bid. They were unable to do that at this time and we have had to look after the citizens and communities that our events serve.

"We are disappointed but it does not diminish our commitment to the African continent. We remain committed to the inspiring potential of a Games in the continent.

"I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth."

A statement from the CGF read: "The Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] has completed its review of the final information submitted by South Africa on 30th November, 2016 to determine whether their proposals for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games are consistent with their original bid commitments and the host city contract. 

"It is with disappointment that the detailed review has concluded that there is a significant departure from the undertakings provided in Durban's bid and as a result a number of key obligations and commitments in areas such as governance, venues, funding and risk management/assurance have not been met under the revised proposition."

CGF president Louise Martin added: "In line with the mandate from members at the 2016 General Assembly, the CGF is actively exploring alternative options, including a potential replacement host.

"The CGF will continue to have an open dialogue with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the Republic of South Africa and remains committed to realising the shared ambitions of a future Commonwealth Games in Africa.

"The CGF is fully confident and committed to delivering a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans in 2022." 

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