DURBAN FACES END-NOVEMBER COMMONWEALTH GAMES DEADLINE

Durban has until the end of this month to meet all outstanding requirements to be confirmd as the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, or risk losing it.

The city, the second most populous in South Africa, won the right to host the Games last year after the only other bid city, Edmonton in Canada, pulled out.

However, a local organizing committee (LOC) has yet to be appointed in Durban and the South African National Treasury has yet to complete any financial underwriting agreement with the city, among other compliance issues.

Commonwealth Games Federation Spokesperson Martin Reynolds said in a statement received here Monday: "Games representatives met in London with the South African government, SASCOC (the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) and other delivery partners last week.

"The discussions were part of the on-going dialogue with Durban 2022, in advance of the November 30th deadline, to achieve the satisfactory resolution of all outstanding matters."

The federation is expected to provide an update once the Nov 30 deadline expires.

The media liaison officer at the Durban Department of Sport and Recreation, Esethu Hasane, has not been able to provide any update or comment in this regard.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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