Durban, Edmonton want 2022 Games

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 19:41 BST

Durban and Edmonton have officially put forward their intentions to bid to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Durban: Wants to play host to the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Durban: Wants to play host to the 2022 Commonwealth Games

The bids are due to be lodged in March 2015 with formal consideration by Commonwealth Games Federation members taking place in Auckland, New Zealand six months later.

Between now and then, the CGF plans to work closely with Commonwealth Games Canada, the South African Sports Confederation and their local Games planning partners as the two cities work on developing their formal bid proposals.

CGF president Tunku Imran was delighted by the news and believes the Durban and Edmonton interest means a ''extremely positive'' future for the Commonwealth Games.

He said: ''This is an exciting development for the Games movement, one that reinforces the Games position on the world's sporting stage.

''The future outlook for the Commonwealth Games is extremely positive.

''Last week we saw the final visit of the Federation's Coordination Commission to Glasgow in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and it highlighted the excellent progress being made there.

''Glasgow will be followed by a great Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 and now we have the prospect of these being followed by what I'm sure will be an outstanding Games in either Canada or South Africa in 2022.''

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