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The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games, will be an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth. Durban, South Africa were originally awarded the rights to host the games in Auckland, New Zealand on 2 September 2015. It was reported in February 2017 however, Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints.[1] This was confirmed one month later on 13 March 2017 when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of their rights to host.[2]

XXII Commonwealth Games
Host city Birmingham, England (To be confirmed)
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

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. The games were set to open on the 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.[3]

As of September 2017, the English city of Birmingham is awaiting approval from the UK government as the host city after beating the city of Liverpool for England's bid.[4] Victoria, Canada had also launched an official bid, only for the British Columbian government to strike it down.[5] A further bid was proposed from former host Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

However, Birmingham is set to be the only candidate for the 2022 Commonwealth Games because of the lack of public support from the government of Malaysia for a Kuala Lumpur bid. It prefers to concentrate on the 2026 Commonwealth Games instead.[6]


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.[7]

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.[8] 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

A city has made a confirmed bid for the second selection, after Durban was stripped of their rights to host. This is the English city of Birmingham. Bids are to be submitted until 30 September 2017.[9][10]

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 [11] 56,000 Existing
Kings Park Stadium Rugby 7s and Closing Ceremonies [11] 55,000 Existing
Kings Park Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving[11] 5,000 Existing
Queensmead Hockey Stadium Hockey[11] 5,000 Existing
Durban International Convention Centre Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling[11] 3,000 Existing
Collegians Bowls Club Bowls[11] 2,500 Existing
Durban Exhibition Centre Table Tennis, Netball[11] 2,500 Existing
University of KwaZulu-Natal Squash, Wheelchair Basketball[11] 2,500 Existing
Durban New Beach Beach Volleyball [11] TBD Temporary
uShaka Marine World Triathlon[11] TBD Temporary
Bluff Shooting Range Shooting[11] TBD Temporary
Port of Durban & M4 Road cycling[11] TBD Temporary
Venues outside of Durban
Pietermaritzburg Mountain Biking, Track cycling[11][12] 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.[13] Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games, following the announcement of Durban being stripped of hosting rights.[14] On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.[15] In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England and is currently awaiting approval from the UK government for hosting the games.[16]


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  2. ^ "Durban stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Durban is #ReadyToInspire, are you?". Durban-2022. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Victoria, Canada Launch Bid For 2022 Commonwealth Games |". Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  5. ^ "BC government won't be funding Victoria bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Lack of Government support for Kuala Lumpur leaves Birmingham as only bidder for 2022 Commonwealth Games". Inside the Games. 12 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Edmonton withdraws bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games | euronews, world news". Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  8. ^ – South Africa To Bid For 2022 Commonwealth Games Archived 14 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Commonwealth Games 2022: Birmingham beats Liverpool to lead England bid
  10. ^ Commonwealth Games England to reveal 2022 candidate city in September
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Durban 2022 bid". Durban 2022. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  12. ^ Butler, Nick (25 April 2015). "Exclusive: Track cycling could be held on outdoor velodrome at Durban 2022, claims Cookson". Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  13. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Durban will not host in 2022". BBC Sport. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Rumsby, Ben (13 March 2017). "Liverpool and Birmingham battle to host Commonwealth Games 2022". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Williams, Jennifer (14 March 2017). "Manchester in discussions to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Birmingham beats Liverpool for hosting the 2022 commonwealth games". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 

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