DURBAN PLANNING BID FOR 2022
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovhu
The 2014 hosts Glasgow and 2006 hosts Melbourne gave Durban tips on getting the rights to host the commonwealth games in 2022 at the International Convention Centre on Wednesday.
The previous hosts shared ideas with South Africa on the pending bid for the 2022 games at the Sport & Event Tourism Exchange Conference.
Both cities representatives believe that the bidding process needs the “support of a whole range of organisations.”
Head of marketing at the Glasgow games, Martin Reynolds, encouraged city residents to participate and avail themselves to achieve a successful bid.
“Support is essential from a practical perceptive. Advice is so important to people who are going to get the bid for the commonwealth games,” he said.
At the Glasgow Tournament, South Africa obtained 40 medals to claim position seven on the medal table.
He emphasized the importance of supporting this bid, as a succesful African Commonwealth Games would help to put the country and the city on map.
Commonwealth games began in 1891 as British Empire and they are yet to be hosted by the African city as Nigeria failed the 2014 bid to Scotland.
Former director of Sport in Melbourne, Larry Sengstock said hosting such events helps to develop the country.
“It is actually part of business. Some cities, they develop their facilities and build community spirit,” he explained.
The city will be completing with Edmonton, Canada, as they are the two cities that gave formal notification of their intention to bid earlier this year.