Economic realities scupper Commonwealth Games in SA

Economic realities scupper Commonwealth Games in SA

Birmingham and Liverpool went head to head for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday after Durban was all but stripped of the event.

"The CGF has completed its review of the final information submitted by South Africa on 30th November‚ 2016‚ to determine whether their proposals for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games are consistent with their original bid commitments and the host city contract‚" the CGF said in a statement.

Reports had suggested that the CGF was weighing up its options and that a decision was expected this week, but on Monday afternoon reports across the country began calling the news.

It had been estimated that staging the Games in Africa for the first time would have cost at least ZAR8 billion (£498 million/$607 million/€567 million).

The Commonwealth Games began as the British Empire Games in 1930.

Liverpool recently offered to take over hosting the Games.

More news: 3 girls burned in Harrisburg Fire

Liverpool have already said publicly they are willing to step in.

Since then, however, they had not formed an Organising Committee or made any of the payments due to the CGF.

Melbourne and other Australian cities are also believed to have expressed an interest.

The news came as Queen Elizabeth launched the baton relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will take place on Australia's Gold Coast.

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula had earlier said at a media briefing, "I don't want to raise your expectations and say everything looks good, it doesn't because we don't agree on the fundamentals and that is the operational budget".

Related Articles

  • George North reveals 'hurt' drove Wales to Six Nations victory over Ireland

    George North reveals 'hurt' drove Wales to Six Nations victory over Ireland

    The fact we knew we were much better than we had been showing, and the fact results didn't go our way. He will continue his graduated return-to-play protocol following possible concussion.
    NCAA Champion! Jackson Wins Weight Throw

    NCAA Champion! Jackson Wins Weight Throw

    Of note, The Texas A&M men's squad won its first ever NCAA title, while OR continued its dynasty on the women's side. Catch a replay of this weekend's NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships tomorrow March 12 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sorry libs. Melania Trump's approval ratings take a nice jump since inauguration

    Sorry libs. Melania Trump's approval ratings take a nice jump since inauguration

    There's also a nine-point difference in how Melania Trump is regarded between women who have college degrees and those who do not. Eighty-six percent of Republicans say they approve of Melania Trump , while just 22 percent of Democrats agree.
  • Here's some new Mass Effect: Andromeda footage shown at PAX East

    Here's some new Mass Effect: Andromeda footage shown at PAX East

    Fans of the " Mass Effect " series would be familiar with the Loyalty Missions, which was present in " Mass Effect 2 ". BioWare has given IGN the "First" look at some of the game's prominent features.
    Alabama's unemployment rate is third highest in the nation

    Alabama's unemployment rate is third highest in the nation

    Benchmark revisions are a standard part of the estimation process and take place at this time every year in each state nationwide. The preliminary Omaha area rate dropped to 3 percent from the preliminary December rate of 3.2 percent.
    MI  not throwing away shot at unprecedented Big Ten tournament championship

    MI not throwing away shot at unprecedented Big Ten tournament championship

    The top 10 senior athletes with the highest grade points from each league school who have lettered in two sports are honored. Walton was the catalyst, producing six assists himself in the half, tying Michigan's full-game total against Purdue.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Get Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update

    We'll continue to bring you the latest on the Android 7.0 Nougat software upgrade for all Samsung devices as it emerges. Samsung appears to be rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in several regions of Europe.
    Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Saw Significant Jump

    Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Saw Significant Jump

    According to Freddie Mac , 30-year fixed-rate mortgages now ask 4.21 percent per year on average, up from 4.1 percent a week ago. ARMs like the 5/1 mentioned here are loans with starter rates, which increase after a set period, in this case five years.
    Uber driver attacked on San Francisco freeway

    Uber driver attacked on San Francisco freeway

    Before Alex exited his vehicle , one of the bikers in a red sweatshirt began punching the rear side windows of the Toyota. Witnesses to the incident were interviewed and a video showing the altercation was obtained and booked into evidence.
  • Runaway bus 'kills 34' in Haitian city of Gonaives

    Runaway bus 'kills 34' in Haitian city of Gonaives

    The musicians were taking part in a rara parade, which involves playing traditional instruments and being joined by passers-by. Faustin said angry festival-goers then attacked the bus and tried to burn it before police rescued the passengers aboard.
    Robert Griffin III Intrigued By Idea Of Signing With Jets

    Robert Griffin III Intrigued By Idea Of Signing With Jets

    Recall that the Houston Texans gave Brock Osweiler $37,000.00 guaranteed on March 9, 2016 to be the team's starting quarterback. Griffin III just turned 27 years old, but injuries have derailed what looked to be a promising National Football League career.
    North double ends Ireland's Six Nations hopes

    North double ends Ireland's Six Nations hopes

    The fact we knew we were much better than we had been showing, and the fact results didn't go our way. Asked if Ireland have lost ground since the autumn series, Schmidt replied: "No, I don't think so".