2022 Commonwealth Games

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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 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 third time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998 and 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.[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, Birmingham and Manchester also expressed interest in hosting the games.[4][5]

On 13 March 2017, Durban announced that it would not be able to host the Games, due to financial constraints.[6]

Host city selections[edit]

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]

As of 13 March 2017, a city to replace Durban as hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is yet to be decided.

North America[edit]

Despite dropping out in the primary selection in 2015 due to failing oil prices, Edmonton have revealed they may put themselves forward once again as a candidate to take on the 2022 Games.[9]


  • England England
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.[10] Both Birmingham and Liverpool had also announced their plans to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games,[4][11] 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),[12] expressed their interested in a joint-city bid on 15 March 2017.[10]


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.[13] 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."[13] Sydney previously hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics and 1938 British Empire Games.
Adelaide Logo. Potential city for 2022 Commonwealth 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.[14]
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.[15] 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.[16]

Planned Durban arrangements[edit]

Organising committee[edit]

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 SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, the controlling body for all the performance sports of South Africa and coordinates 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. The bid's official website allows South African citizens to support the bid by sharing to social media.

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

Mark Alexander, Chairman of the Durban 2022 Bid Committee, confirmed that South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) and the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) underpin the decision to Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“Durban is the Gateway to Africa with a legacy in sports. Home to approximately 3.5 million people, its inhabitants are united in their great diversity by a determination to make theirs a socially cohesive, sustainable and economically vibrant city. The Games will assist the eThekwini Municipality’s Long Term 2030 Development Plan, which aims to make Durban Africa’s “Most Caring and Liveable City,” said eThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo.

With at least 80% of the sports activities happening within a 2.5 km radius, the City’s vision is to develop Moses Mabhida Stadium as a mega multi-sport events precinct positioning it as a premier sports tourism destination. Integrating the games precinct into urban core renewal plans supports the eight-point plan of the Integrated Development Plan,” stated Chairman of the Durban 2022 Bid Committee, Mark Alexander. Evaluation Commission Visits

The Commonwealth Games Federation’s Evaluation Commission visited the city of Durban on 25 April 2015 for four days. The five-strong commission, chaired by CGF Honorary Secretary Louise Martin CBE, evaluated and advised on their plans to host the first Commonwealth Games on African soil, before Durban’s bid is voted on by all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth Games Federation membership at their General Assembly on 2 September 2015, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Specifically it was the CGF’s Evaluation Commission’s job to analyse and gain a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of the bid and hear first-hand the plans and strategies that will be put in place to deliver an inspiring and inclusive Games for everyone in 2022. The full Evaluation Commission consisted of David Grevemberg, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Federation and former Glasgow 2014 CEO; Andrew Ryan, Executive Director, ASOIF (The association of Summer Olympic International Federations) and former Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Coordination Commission member; Ian Hooper, Director of Sport and Special Projects, Glasgow Life and Maxwell de Silva, Secretary General, Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games Association and National Olympic Committee.


Venue Sports Capacity Type
Moses Mabhida Stadium Athletics and Opening Ceremony [17] 56,000 Existing
Kings Park Stadium Rugby 7s and Closing Ceremonies [17] 55,000 Existing
Kings Park Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving[17] 5,000 Existing
Queensmead Hockey Stadium Hockey[17] 5,000 Existing
Durban International Convention Centre Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling[17] 3,000 Existing
Collegians Bowls Club Bowls[17] 2,500 Existing
Durban Exhibition Centre Table Tennis, Netball[17] 2,500 Existing
University of KwaZulu-Natal Squash, Wheelchair Basketball[17] 2,500 Existing
Durban New Beach Beach Volleyball[17] TBD Temporary
uShaka Marine World Triathlon[17] TBD Temporary
Bluff Shooting Range Shooting[17] TBD Temporary
Port of Durban & M4 Road cycling[17] TBD Temporary
Venues outside of Durban
Pietermaritzburg Mountain Biking, Track cycling[17][18] TBD Existing/Temporary

Stripping of the games[edit]

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.[19] 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, also expressed their interest in hosting the games.[5]


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