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The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and formerly known as Durban 2022, is a multi-sport event where all 70 member territories from the Commonwealth of Nations are expected to compete. Durban, South Africa was awarded the rights to host the games at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on 2 September 2015. It was confirmed on 13 March 2017 that Durban had relinquished the rights to hold the games. It would have marked the first time the games were held in Africa and the second time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Delhi, India in 2010.

XXII Commonwealth Games
Host city TBD
Motto TBD
Nations participating 70 Commonwealth nations
Athletes participating Unknown
Events TBD
Opening ceremony N/A
Closing ceremony N/A
Queen's Baton Final Runner TBD
Main venue TBD

The games were set to open on the 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.[1]

In February 2017, it was reported that because of financial constraints Durban may be unable to host the Games.[2] Also in February 2017, Liverpool had offered to replace Durban as hosts for the games.[3] In March 2017, both Birmingham and Manchester in England, and Toronto, Canada, also expressed interest in hosting the games.[4][5][6]

On 13 March 2017, Durban announced that it would not be able to host the Games, due to financial constraints.[7]


Host city selectionsEdit

First selection (Durban, South Africa)Edit

Two cities made confirmed bids for the games; Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, leaving Durban as the only bid to go forward to CGF General Assembly in September 2015.[8]

The coastal South African city had previously considered bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics. If Durban were to host the games, it would be the first Commonwealth Games held on the African continent. South Africa's second largest city, Cape Town bid for the 2004 Summer Olympics, but lost out to Athens.[9] Durban is home to major professional rugby union, cricket and two association football teams – AmaZulu F.C. and Golden Arrows. The city has previously played host to matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 1996 & 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the 1995 Rugby World Cup, as well as the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The Kings Park Sporting Precinct will be part of the bid. In addition Durban also hosted the 123rd IOC Session.

Second selection (TBD)Edit

As of 15 April 2017, a city to replace Durban as hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is yet to be decided.

North AmericaEdit

Despite dropping out in the primary selection in 2015 due to failing oil prices, Edmonton revealed they may put themselves forward once again as a candidate to take on the 2022 Games.[10] On 23 March 2017, Toronto City Council announced they were exploring plans to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Councillor James Pasternak has also filed a motion.[11] Toronto hosted the 2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games and they would use the infrastructure and facilities which were built for those games.[12][13] Lisa Helps, the mayor of Victoria, revealed on April 30, 2017 that the City of Victoria was exploring a possible bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The city is in the process of securing financial support from the regional, provincial and federal government in the event Victoria is awarded the games with hopes that the provincial and federal government would be prepared to cover 75% of the estimated $1 billion budget. Victoria last hosted the 1994 Commonwealth Games.[14]


David Grevemberg, chief of the Commonwealth Games Federation, stated on 15 March 2017 that officials of the organisation had received interest from four cities; Birmingham, Liverpool, London, and Manchester, all located in England, with the possibility of considering a joint-host bid from all four cities.[15] Both Birmingham and Liverpool had also announced their plans to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games,[4][16] with Manchester having previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games.[5] London which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 1934 British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games),[17] expressed their interested in a joint-city bid on 15 March 2017.[15] On 18 May 2017, London withdrew interest in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, leaving Birmingham and Liverpool as the UK's potential candidate cities.[18]
Wales are considering a joint bid with a UK city such as Liverpool or Birmingham, following the Commonwealth Games Foundation (CGF) saying that they would consider a joint bid for the 2022 games. On the 27th of May 2017, The Welsh Government said it was in "discussions" with interested UK bidding cities to host events in 2022. They are hoping to host cycling's road race, triathlon, rowing, sailing or open water swimming in 2022 to "fit in with Wales' great outdoors unique selling point". Cardiff last hosted the British Empire Games in 1958. Cardiff Council considered a bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, and worked closely with engineering firm Arup to establish the modifications needed for certain possible venues, and the cost of doing so. After cost predictions increased to £1.3-£1.5 billion, the project was scrapped. It is now working towards a multi-city Welsh bid post 2030.[19][20]


In August 2016, when concerns about Durban's capacity to hold the games was raised, Sam Coffa, the President of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, enacted preparations for an Australian city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, should Durban pull out, or be stripped of the games.[21] The New South Wales city of Sydney was Coffa's preferred choice, stating that "the proposal of a city like Sydney is appetising because if Australia was tapped on the shoulder, we're not stupid, we would be looking where the infrastructure is on the ground." Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian openly supported a Sydney bid, remarking that the games would be an opportunity to "show off our great city and sporting facilities to the world."[21] Sydney previously hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics and 1938 British Empire Games.
In recent statements, it has been suggested that Adelaide in South Australia, has taken interest in bidding for this event. Its already in place state of the venues in the place.[22]
On 14 March 2017, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, stated the Government of Victoria had not ruled out placing a bid to host the 2022 games, having previously hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1956 Summer Olympics.[23] On 16 March 2017, Perth's Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, said that if the Government of Western Australia were to bid for the games, she would support it. She stated, "An event of the scale of the Commonwealth Games would further enhance Perth as a world-class city and destination and greatly stimulate the economy, the city of Perth would definitely support the WA Government if it was to put forward a bid to host the Games." Perth last hosted the Commonwealth Games back in 1962.[24]


Malaysia has expressed its willingness to replace Durban as the 2022 Commonwealth Games host. The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Prince Imran who also former President of the Commonwealth Games Federation said that Malaysia was ready to step in. However, he also said the bid will depend if the OCM gets the government approval to do so.[25] “We (OCM) are keen to host the Games as we had organised the Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. We also have all the facilities and stadiums to organise the Games", he said. Malaysia first hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Recently, National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil was being renovated[26] for preparation of 29th Southeast Asian Games.[27]

Planned Durban arrangementsEdit

Organising committeeEdit

The Durban 2022 Bid Committee team at the Mansion House, London.
The original logo for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, reflecting its initial host city, Durban.

The City of Durban’s Commonwealth Bid Committee, a part of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (the controlling body for all the performance sports of South Africa, coordinating the relationship with various international sporting codes and their respective international federations) lodged the city’s bid to host the XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022 at Mansion House in London on 2 March 2015, leaving Durban as the only candidate city to host the games after Canada withdrew Edmonton as their bid city. At the same time the Durban 2022 brand was launched on social media as Durban2022 on Facebook, @Durban2022 on Twitter and @Durban2022 on Instagram.

Durban’s Bid Committee was headed by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, Mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo, MECs from the Province, as well as official sports ambassadors, Cameron van der Burgh, Khotso Mokoena and Dyan Buis.

With at least 80% of the sports activities happening within a 2.5 km radius, the City’s vision was to develop Moses Mabhida Stadium as a multi-sport events precinct, positioning it as a sports tourism destination.


Venue Sports Capacity Type
Moses Mabhida Stadium Athletics and Opening Ceremony [28] 56,000 Existing
Kings Park Stadium Rugby 7s and Closing Ceremonies [28] 55,000 Existing
Kings Park Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving[28] 5,000 Existing
Queensmead Hockey Stadium Hockey[28] 5,000 Existing
Durban International Convention Centre Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling[28] 3,000 Existing
Collegians Bowls Club Bowls[28] 2,500 Existing
Durban Exhibition Centre Table Tennis, Netball[28] 2,500 Existing
University of KwaZulu-Natal Squash, Wheelchair Basketball[28] 2,500 Existing
Durban New Beach Beach Volleyball[28] TBD Temporary
uShaka Marine World Triathlon[28] TBD Temporary
Bluff Shooting Range Shooting[28] TBD Temporary
Port of Durban & M4 Road cycling[28] TBD Temporary
Venues outside of Durban
Pietermaritzburg Mountain Biking, Track cycling[28][29] TBD Existing/Temporary

Stripping of the gamesEdit

On 13 March 2017, the same day that the baton relay for the 2018 games got underway, it was announced that the Commonwealth Games Federation had stripped Durban of the hosting rights for the games due to not meeting the criteria set out by the CGF.[30] Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games, following the announcement of Durban being stripped of hosting rights.[4] On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.[5]


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