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This, if was to happen would secure the Com Games for another 4 years. However Edmonton bidding again in 2026 and winning would kill off a Canadian centenary games in 2030.

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It was suggested that Paris could get the 2012 Olympics. That's what bidding processes are for.

Simple, neat, colourful... quite like this one. Roll on Durban's. No, Gold Coast has always gotta be different.

As would Canada, the hosts of the first CG.

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This JUST in from the Edmonton Journal: Sources say the 2022 Edmonton Commonwealth Games Bid is dead and organizers are going to soon announce that they're pulling the plug.

YES!!!! I'm so thrilled. This is the last thing that the city can afford right now that money they would have spent can be put to better use on badly needed infrastructure.

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That's pretty awkward given that Durban doesn't seem to even know it's bidding, never mind make steps toward hosting. What happens if they get no official bids at all?

The games would be dead.

Pretty sad that Canada now has had to withdraw two straight bids due to financial reasons.

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There's nothing that stinks about it. The Provincial Government told the City today that due to falling oil prices and budget constraints that they can no longer feasibly financially support the bid and subsequently the games if Edmonton was the successful bidder. Edmonton can't afford to do it on it's own and there isn't enough time to find another backer before bids are due next month. City Council subsequently voted unanimously to kill the bid and instead focus on 2026. That being said a lot can happen between now and 2019. Alberta's government is dependent (far too much so) on resources revenues so they need prices to be high to be able to afford prices like this. With prices hovering just above $50 US, government coffers are losing billions on lost revenues. It's just not a financially feasible option and financially responsible to try and pursue this. We have badly overcrowded schools, hospitals are literally crumbling and roads need to be repaired and bridges need to be built. Edmonton can't afford it right now and this is the right thing to do.

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Something stinks about this because it reeks of backroom pressure to withdraw. You withdraw, force South Africa's hand into a guaranteed Games and we'll give you 2026.

Alternatively, the Albertan government is seeing a looming financial shortfall due to the price of oil and they want to be seen fiscally responsible. If there is some backroom deal, then the financial climate in Alberta conspired to hide the existence of said deal.

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I doubt the CGF would be relaxed about this, much less have anyone try to engineer it. Up till now, it was looking like Edmonton's by default. Even now, until the SA Govt sign off on it, I'd say Durban's still looking really shaky. I'd say the CGF board are frantically trying to get any type of reassurance they can from the South Africans as we speak.

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The South Africans have the upper hand now- which may not be a bad thing. Following the smaller Gold Coast Games, they can come to an agreement on a sustainable, smaller games- plenty of temporary venues with smaller capacities, smaller ceremonies etc.... to put the Games on a more realistic footing.

While smaller is ideal, if they are seriously considering a run for the Summer Olympics in the future they should take that into account when building their facilities. Make them small now, but also make them fully capable of having their seating capacity comfortably increased. It makes no sense to build small now without thinking about what you would love to do with those facilities in the future. And SA is sure to bid for a Summer Olympic games in the future, and the benefit of having facilities in place with only renovations needed will greatly increase their chance of winning a summer olympic games bid.

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Basic facilities are there for a CWGs. And Durban doesn't have to host all sports.

Olympics are a totally different world on a truly massive scale. A Commonwealth Games would provide a seed for the future.

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Alternatively, the Albertan government is seeing a looming financial shortfall due to the price of oil and they want to be seen fiscally responsible. If there is some backroom deal, then the financial climate in Alberta conspired to hide the existence of said deal.

Exactly. It comes down to priorities for the Government of Alberta, and a billion dollar plus multi-sport event is NOT in amongst those priorities. They've staked out a rightward pace especially on fiscal issues. We're also likely heading into a provincial election in the spring and if they were seen as wanting to fund this they really would have taken it on the chin from the opposition when our infrastructure deficit is as bad it is right now. I hope Durban gets it together and presses on, but right now it's not our problem anymore and I'm relieved we won't be pursuing this.

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