Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

CGames: Commonwealth Games chiefs 'actively exploring' Durban 2022 alternatives

CGames: Commonwealth Games chiefs 'actively exploring' Durban 2022 alternatives

"I will now demand a full-scale investigation by the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) into the total cost wasted by the City of EThekwini through its involvement in the Commonwealth Games bid".

Gold Coast in Australia will host the next Commonwealth Games next year.

Confirming the news to Jacaranda FM News in his capacity as one of the Vice Presidents of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Sascoc President Gideon Sam said as an organisation, the CGF felt there was no point in asking South Africa to proceed if there were serious financial issues. The Queen placed her message for the Commonwealth and its athletes inside the special baton that will be revealed at the destination on April 4, 2018.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Durban 2022 Organizing Committee have yet to confirm the news, though an official announcement is expected later Monday.

Some British cities, including Liverpool, have already come forward as possible replacement hosts to organize the Games which would now have to be done in a compressed timeline. "The reality of the situation is that budget vote of our minister for finance doesn't look good, so we were going to take money from here and there".

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"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", the statement added.

The Queen launched the baton relay at the palace, where it began a 200,000-mile journey through 71 countries.

"Working together, we build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community".

Singer-songwriter Cody Simpson, who hails from the Gold Coast, performed at Monday's ceremony.

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