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Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games in doubt, says minister

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Staff Writer | March 1, 2017
An historic first-ever African edition of the Commonwealth games is in doubt, as Durban says it may not be able to afford to host the 2022 Games.
Fikile Mbalula
Africa   Durban was awarded the Games in 2015
Durban may not be able to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to the cost of staging the event, South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

South African officials said in December that they remained "fully committed" to hosting the event despite falling short of requirements.

Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 after being the only city to make a confirmed bid. Edmonton, Canada had withdrawn from the running, citing falling oil prices.

"I don't want to raise your expectations and say everything looks good, it doesn't because we don't agree on the fundamentals and that is the operational budget," Mbalula told a media briefing.

South Africa was forced to reconsider whether it could host the event due to doubts over the economic legacy of the Games and sluggish growth.

The government estimated that the Games could deliver up to 20 billion rand ($1.99 billion) in output to the economy.