With Durban out, IOA considering idea of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban had to give up hosting rights as the South African government failed to give financial guarantees for the event.

Written by Mihir Vasavda | New Delhi | Updated: March 15, 2017 4:22 pm
Commonwealth Games were last hosted in India in 2010.

INDIA MAY throw its hat in the ring for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. A senior Indian Olympic Association (IOA) official said they were weighing the options of stepping in as a replacement for Durban — which was stripped of the quadrennial event on Monday — if the government lends its support. This comes a day after Durban had to give up hosting rights as the South African government failed to give financial guarantees for the event. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has begun its search for a replacement host city and invited bids.

“We received a communication from them (CGF) today. Our (IOA) president and members are discussing the issue. If there is support from the government, we will consider the possibility of bidding for the Games,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told The Indian Express. India last hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, an event that is as much remembered for corruption charges and mismanagement as it is for the country’s phenomenal success at several jam-packed sporting arenas.

Mehta pointed out that things have changed over the years. He said the successful conduct of the South Asian Games on a shoestring budget in Guwahati and Shillong last year was a case in point. The event was held under the direct supervision of the government, which controlled the finances, while the IOA provided technical support. While there is no time-frame specified yet for the countries to submit their bid, Mehta said he would meet IOA president N Ramachandran to decide the future course of action. Three years ago, the IOA had expressed its desire to host the 2019 Asian Games. The government had also backed the proposal, but the country could not meet the deadline to submit the bid.

Australia, which will be hosting the 2018 edition, has said it is willing to host the Games again in 2022, while English cities Birmingham and Liverpool too have come forward to replace Durban.

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    1. cat eye
      Mar 15, 2017 at 4:19 am
      We get some crazy suggestions that are in the line of (1) It is too expensive and we cannot afford, (2) corrupt officials will loot and have a field day. If you try a bid harder than these delusional self-doubters, then you will you will get a clearer picture that (1) the expenses are government spending within the Indian economy giving employment opportunities; opportunities to develop permanent infra-structure; improve international tourism revenue and receive more tax collection; (2) there are 1.2 billion Indians and there will be some self-less officials who could be given the opportunity to organize themother than those self-doubters and cynical opportunists
      1. Paddy Singh
        Mar 15, 2017 at 8:33 am
        The IOA must be foolish to bring disrepute again to the country, or the new people on the board want to make money.
        1. R
          Mar 15, 2017 at 2:38 am
          There is no need for bidding for this extravaganza. IOA President is none other than SC ousted BCCI President Srinivasan's brother. He can't be any different from his brother in issues of corruption. Moreover, BJP Sports Minister shall be the next Suresh Kalmadi if such an opportunity comes his way. We better invest in developing sportsmen's skills rather than in capital intensive infrastructure.
          1. D
            Mar 15, 2017 at 2:25 am
            India it is a bad idea.lt;br/gt;Such extravaganza are a waste and net financial loss.lt;br/gt;Instead spend the money on athletes and sports infrastructure bottom up.
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