Commonwealth Games Evaluations Commission Begins their Visit of Durban.
A Commonwealth Games evaluation team began a four-day visit of 2022 host candidate Durban on Monday. Scotland’s Louise Martin says that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Evaluation Commission are “Ready to be Inspired” by Durban’s bid for the 2022 Games, as they begin a four-day visit of Durban.
“As a Commonwealth Sports Movement, we cannot fail to be excited by the prospect of a first Commonwealth Games in Africa, and warmly welcome Durban and South Africa’s bid and congratulate the Durban Bid Team and their local and national partners for all the hard work they have put in so far,” said Martin, who previously chaired the successful bid for Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“This Evaluation Commission, however, has a very important job to do – to analyse and gain a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of the bid and hear first-hand the plans and strategies that will be put in place to deliver an inspiring and inclusive Games for everyone in seven years time.
We are Ready To Be Inspired
“To borrow the bid team’s slogan, we are ready to be inspired.”
The CGF bid team began its visit yesterday, on Freedom Day, the anniversary of our country’s first democratic elections in South Africa 21 years ago. Durban is the only city left bidding for the 2022 Games and hopes to be confirmed at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s general assembly meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 2. The CGF said its evaluation team would concentrate on “technical aspects” of Durban’s bid.
The Commonwealth evaluation team will meet government and city officials and visit competition and non-competition venues this week, the CGF said, before compiling a report. Durban’s bid is due to be voted on by the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories at the Assembly, while a vote will also be held to decide the CGF President, with Martin aiming to replace current incumbent Prince Imran of Malaysia, who is seeking a second term.
Martin will chair the five-strong Commission, who are set to meet with Government and city partners who will help with the delivery of the Games, while they will also take in several competition and non-competition venues and facilities.
That report will be presented to the 71 Commonwealth Games member countries and territories at least a month before they vote on Durban’s bid at the general assembly.
CGF chief executive David Grevemberg, who formerly held the same post at Glasgow 2014 will also be part of the Commission, alongside Andrew Ryan, executive director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and a former Glasgow 2014 and current Gold Coast 2018 Coordination Commission member. The experienced panel is completed by Ian Hooper, director of sport and special projects at Glasgow Life and Maxwell de Silva, secretary general of the Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games Association and National Olympic Committee.
Tubby Reddy, the Durban 2022 Bid Committee chief executive, predicted the Evaluation Commission will be impressed during their stay in Durban. “There is no doubt that we have put up a quality bid which will far exceed the expectations of the CGF,” Reddy said.
“We have been meticulous and sensitive to all the demands from the City as well as from the CGF, and we believe that Durban has produced a world-class bid. “Our belief in bringing the Games to Africa remains firm and very optimistic.”
Mark Alexander, chairman of the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee believes that Durban will be able to highlight its capability to host the Games to the Commission throughout their visit.
“This is an another important step towards bringing the Games to Durban and a very significant milestone in the Bid process which, we believe, will go a long way in convincing the CGF assessment team that the City is ready and that we are able to meet our commitments that we presented to the CGF in London in March 2015,” Alexander said.
“We are confident that the City’s Bid team is fully prepared for the Evaluation Commission’s visit and that Durban will be the host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.”