The Commonwealth Games Federation has officially named Durban, South Africa the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after receiving support from the South African government.
Durban 2020 plans to make use of the infrastructure that is already in place from the 2010 World Cup and has a budget of $481 million for the other preparations that will be necessary. The South African cabinet believes that hosting the games will have a $1.5 billion output and employ at least 11,500 people.
“This is the first time that Africa will host the Commonwealth Games and will position South Africa as a sport tourism destination and also provide opportunities for Team South Africa.”
The only other city in the running for the 2022 Games, Edmonton, dropped out in February citing falling oil prices. Edmonton was awarded another event, however. Today Edmonton was also named the host city for Commonwealth Games 2016 General Assembly.
The 2018 edition of the Games will be hosted in Gold Coast, Australia and will be the last Commonwealth Games that only features 10 core sports. The Commonwealth Games Federation approved other changes increasing the number of core sports from 10 to 16 with the goal of stabilizing costs and increasing participation of para-athletes and women.