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SA Olympians express disappointments over stripping of Durban Commonwealth Games

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 15, 2017
SA Olympians express disappointments over stripping of Durban Commonwealth Games

South African Olympic swimmer, Chad le Clos and Olympic silver medallist, Sunette Viljoen took to Twitter over the past two days to express their disappoints over the 2022 Commonwealth Games being stripped from to-be hosts, Durban.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Monday announced that they would be seeking a new host after the KZN flagship town failed to deliver in governance, venues and risk management preparations in their bid to host the games.

Durban also missed the deadlines last November to sign a host-city contract, to establish an organizing committee and failed to make contractual payments to the CGF.

South Africa already paid a waste R118-million to secure the rights to host the Games, which South African Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, said cannot now be retrieved.

Mbalula, however, has accordingly reiterated that South Africa aims to host other global sporting events such as the 2023 Rugby World Cups, which SA is in the bid with two other nations, namely: France and Ireland.

Le Clos took to Twitter on Monday: "Love Durban, gutted to hear - 2022 Commonwealth would have been a home games. Not happening. So just going you to focus on 2017 Worlds”   

Having a stab at Mbalula following discrepancies at the 2016 Olympic Games of promised award payments, Viljoen publicly expressed on Wednesday (15th March): "R118 million wasted on a failed bid for The Commonwealth Games. How many potential medal winners could have been helped with those millions?"

Image: Chad le Clos.