Games evaluation commission “inspired” by Durban
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Evaluation Commission has given Durban’ s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games the “thumbs up” after it visited the city this week.
The commission’s four-day visit focused on analysing and learning about the technical aspects of the bid, meeting Durban’s Bid Committee, the government, city partners who will be essential to the successful delivery of the Games and visiting numerous venues and facilities.
During a press conference held at Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Evaluation commission chairwoman Louise Martin said that she was inspired.
“We conclude our visit inspired by the prospect and potential of Durban’s bid to host the first Commonwealth Games on African soil. Plans are emerging well, further informed by the opportunity to hear first-hand the Bid team and stakeholders’ strategies and technical proposals to deliver the Games”, said Martin.
Martin added that they would leave Durban with a clear understanding of how to improve their plans and make best use of the opportunities presented by Africa’s first Commonwealth Games.
Durban Committee Chairman Mark Alexander said that the committee’s aim was to deliver world class venues, facilities, infrastructure and transport for the Commonwealth Games 2022 on time and within the given budget.
“We want to leave a legacy for future generations. The committee have had tough negotiations with the CGF and are confident that our plans, for the hosting a successful Games in 2022, will meet the standards set by the CGF”, said Alexander.
The CGF General Assembly will vote on Durban’s bid on September 2 this year.