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Hunt on for 2022 Commonwealth Games host

Several cities have expressed an interest in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the original host Durban, South Africa, lost the right to host the event.

Melbourne and Perth in Australia have said they would be interested in taking on the Games, while Liverpoool, Birmingham, Manchester and London have also put their hands up.

Malaysia and India, meanwhile, have said they are considering their options after hosting rights were removed from Durban.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said it is considering all its options but that there would be no immediate rush to find a replacement.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the CGF, said Durban did not meet the criteria set by his organisation.

Grevemberg said an announcement on a new host city would be made by the end of the year. He said:

Discussions with a number of interested parties are under way. I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from more than 50 countries, mostly former British colonies.

Durban was awarded the Games in September 2015 and was due to be the first African city to host the event.

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