Liverpool could step in to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games if Durban pulls out as expected.
South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula has said his country’s government has been forced to have a rethink about hosting the games because of financial restraints
The South African government is reported to have been unable to reach an agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation over paying for the tournament. Mbalula said:
We have given it our best shot, but we cannot live beyond our means.
Liverpool, which is bidding to host the 2026 games, has now offered to step in if Durban cannot continue as host city.
A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said:
Liverpool is interested in hosting the games in 2022. We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.
Liverpool and Birmingham have both thrown their hats into the ring to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
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