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Durban is officially awarded the 2022 Commonwealth games today in Auckland city. This will be first occasion when South Africa will be hosting Commonwealth games. These games will be held from 18 to 30 July. Source: Sports Mirchi

:mellow: Looooooong time comming...since it was supposed to host 1938(?).

Always poked and prodded to bid since re-admittance...so here we are ant long last. :)

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:) Stamped "ALL GO" and done! :)

:mellow: Looooooong time comming...since it was supposed to host 1938(?).

Always poked and prodded to bid since re-admittance...so here we are ant long last. :)

It did take us a long time to get interested, now the fun starts in scramble to the different events left out in... UCI bring your cheque book

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No track cycling at Durban 2022 would be a "tragedy" says UCI chief

International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson believes it would be a "tragedy" if track cycling is not part of the Commonwealth Games programme at Durban 2022.

Track cycling, an optional sport, has been present at every edition of the Games since the 1930 British Empire Games in Hamilton, but was a notable omission from Durban's successful bid to host in seven years' time.

The potential cost of building a velodrome is believed to have been the main reason for track being omitted.

New Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin, who led the Evaluation Commission in Durban, told insidethegames in March that an existing velodrome in Johannesburg, 600 kilometres to the northwest of Durban, could be considered, however.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg has previously revealed that talks are ongoing over adding track cycling to the schedule in the South African city, and he explained that these would continue as work to finalise the sport programme goes on.

Cookson, who previously suggested track cycling could be held outdoors at the Games, told insidethegames it would be “unthinkable” for the sport to not be featured.

"A Commonwealth Games without track cycling is unthinkable, every organiser in recent memory has included track cycling and it would be a disaster, a tragedy, to have a Commonwealth Games without it," he said.

“They [Durban] have been looking at the costings of the London velodrome, but they don’t need to have as expensive a velodrome.

“Maybe they don’t need to have an indoor velodrome as the climate in that part of the world is quite consistent, it’s one of the things we can look at.

"People forget it is not that long ago that track cycling was almost always outdoors."

Pietermaritzburg%20velodrome.jpgThe Alexandra Park Velodrome in Pietermaritzburg could host track cycling during the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban, UCI President Brian Cookson has claimed ©Cycling South Africa

Cookson added that the he Alexandra Park Velodrome in Pietermaritzburg, about an hour's drive from Durban, which was upgraded to host this year's African Continental Track Championships, could be another option.

"Our intention is to be supportive of people in South Africa and we will help them find a solution to make sure we have track cycling at the Commonwealth Games," he said.

Cookson’s hopes have been given a boost by Grevemberg, who claims that “nothing is off the table” but stressed any solution would need to be sustainable in the long-term.

“From a Commonwealth context we need to ensure we are able to attract the Commonwealth’s best cyclists to a site in South Africa and make that a compelling part of the programme,” he said.

“We are looking at what is available in South Africa but also what is sustainable, it is an important part of the conversation.

"Is a new build required or is a temporary build? What is the best option right now?”

Durban was confirmed as the hosts for 2022 at the CGF General Assembly in Auckland last month after its only rival, Edmonton in Canada, withdrew.

Eighteen sports had been proposed as part of the city's bid: aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, road cycling, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.

Discussions over the addition of artistic gymnastics, which is now on the CGF core sports programme after the passing of their Transformation 2022 reforms, are taking place while “exploratory talks” over including cricket for the first time since the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Games have also been held.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1031120/no-track-cycling-at-durban-2022-would-be-tragedy-says-uci-chief

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Most inane comment ever award?

Anyway. On UCI and Gymnastics. They both going to have a challenge on their hands. The committee have already repeatedly stated they will not pay for a velodrome. It's not a core required sport and we never propose it. If they wanna keep pushing, then bring some money to the table or shut it and walk away.

On gymnastics that's a more complex one. It was never in the bid because again we don't have an existing venue able to cope with capacity and ceiling heights required. It was added as a mandatory event post the bidding stage. Seems the city is also pushing against this because technically it throws all their bid planning and finances out the window. A new venue would need to be built and a location found and a post games use found, not to mention finding money. They are not happy to be thrust this upon after the fact. What will happen here will something they might be forced to include and fund. But then it will make then even more hostile against any chance of cycling joining the picture

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Just highlighted how the mandatory list for the Commonwealth Games needs updating, but completely understand Durban's stance. Although I'm not a fan of cities being awarded events without a bidding process I wonder if some sort of guarantee for a World Championships in Track Cycling and Gymnastics could change their mind - though it probably still wouldn't be financially viable.

Are their other venues in South Africa that could be used. Glasgow sent the Diving over to Edinburgh while back in Manchester 2002 the shooting was about 300 miles away, and I think an event outside Durban but in South Africa would be preferable to none at all.

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Although I'm not a fan of cities being awarded events without a bidding process I wonder if some sort of guarantee for a World Championships in Track Cycling and Gymnastics could change their mind - though it probably still wouldn't be financially viable.

To host a world championships they would need to construct an expensive venue, which would not make sense for them.

For me this remains a very strange point to draw a line in the sand. An outdoor concrete velodrome is very, very cheap to build and maintain and is about as technically demanding as building a suburban swimming pool. This is precisely the kind of positive legacy of infrastructure that these games are supposed to leave behind: sensible and affordable sporting venues that provide new opportunities for local athletes.

Surely they can find one business in the city willing to sponsor the construction of a simple velodrome for the equivalent of $500,000?

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Uh oh...

No money for Commonwealth Games

Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government does not have the money to fund the Commonwealth Games due to be held in Durban in 2022.

KwaZulu-Natal finance MEC Belinda Scott said on Wednesday, when delivering the provincial budget, that the provincial treasury had approached the national treasury for assistance.

“At this point I need to state that at this present moment this province is not in a position to fund the Commonwealth Games, which is a national event.” She said the provincial government needed to focus on serving communities.

“Provincial treasury has escalated this matter to the National Treasury for urgent national intervention, in order that national government is made aware that they will need to make provision for funding this funding pressure.”

Last year in September the city of Durban was awarded the games after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid due to financial reasons. - African News Agency (ANA)

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Are the Games at risk, or is this just a public row about who pays for what?

Hopefully this is just a conventional province trying to pass the buck play. But it's SA, so who knows? Hopefully Dysan might be able to enlighten and reassure us.

Actually, the other bit of concerning news out of Durban this week was this:

Deadline for Durban 2022 Organising Committee missed by South African Government

The South African Government and the country's National Olympic Committee has missed a deadline of February 29 set by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for the establishment of Organising Committee for Durban 2022, insidethegames has learned.

insidethegames understands they had been given a cut-off point for the appointment of an Organising Committee of February 29 following a recommendation from the CGF that it be in place within 180 days of the General Assembly, which took place in Auckland on September 2.

Durban was officially confirmed as the host city for the Games in 2022 at the event.

It was the only bidder in the race after Edmonton in Canada pulled out last February, citing a drop in worldwide oil prices as its reason for the withdrawal of its candidacy.

A spokesman for the South African Sports Ministry, Esethu Hasane, admitted he was unsure when the Organising Committee would be created but insisted they were putting plans in place to stage a successful Commonwealth Games in six years’ time.

Bid Committee chairman Mark Alexander told South African newspaper Times Live the CGF are “pushing the South African Sports Confederation (SASCOC) and Olympic Committee” to get it up and running and that “the wheels of Government turn slowly”.

Durban will be the first-ever African host of the Commonwealth Games and is due to welcome competitors from 71 nations and territories.

“In line with recent Games, we’d expect the Board and the Organising Committee’s first senior appointments to be made at least six years out from the Games,” a spokesperson for the CGF told insidethegames.

“As a Movement, our ambition is for South Africa to not only follow the example of previous successful Games hosts but to truly and meaningfully capitalise on the historic opportunity as the very first Commonwealth Games on African soil.

“We look forward to working closely with them to deliver on their ambitious plans for an inspiring and inclusive Games for all in 2022.”

The main contentious issue in the build-up to the Games in the South African city remains what sports will feature on the programme following suggestions that Durban 2022 were considering axing track cycling and artistic gymnastics.

The International Gymnastics Federation remain confident the artistic form of the sport will be included,.

International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson said it would be a “real tragedy” if track cycling was absent at Durban 2022.

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The money from provincial is newspaper hype, this was always to be a national government spend.

The little worry is how the national government is dragging their feet, then again this is how they always are unfortunately and it was the same for 2010 world cup

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