Durban Games 'a gigantic leap for the continent'‚ says mayor
The country’s Sport Minister was one of the first to congratulate Durban on being confirmed the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday morning. Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to say: “Shout out to those who woke up early in Durban to witness this historical moment #Durban2022 #CommonwealthGames”.The announcement was made in New Zealand by British sports administrator Louise Martin‚ who had been elected as the Commonwealth Games Federation's (CGF) first female president.Durban’s Mayor James Nxumalo said: “Africa is ready. Today marks a gigantic leap for the continent.”Martin was chairman of the evaluation commission which gave Durban's bid a boost after it endorsed the city last month.“It is our recommendation the CGF general assembly votes to award the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the host city of Durban‚ South Africa‚ but subject to the final and timely delivery of a limited number of outstanding host city contract requirements‚” she said at the time.Durban bid chairman Mark Alexander said the positive economic effect of hosting the Games would run to R25-billion. Durban was the only city in the running.YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO READ:According to the economic impact report commissioned by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, the Games will be a bonanza..How much the Commonwealth Games will cost, and where the money will be spent.The advantages to the city and the nation of hosting the Games far outweigh the disadvantages ..