South Afrcia to Opt for 2022 CW Games Bid Instead of Olympics

June 1, 2011

After the shock announcement that South Africa decided not to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games just a week ago, treatment the nation has set its sights on staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games, viagra usa according to South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASOC) president Gideon Sam.

The government announced last week that it would not be backing an Olympic bid, insisting that it wanted to focus on delivering basic services such as water and electricity to all its citizens instead. The news came as a surprise as, even before the bid tender had been launched, South Africa was seen as one of the favourites following their hugely successful World Cup hosting last year.

Sam told reporters yesterday, June 2, that the country would aim to bring the Commonwealth Games to Africa for the first time, adding: “Immediately after the announcement of where the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held, we will go in for 2022. It has never been to Africa and so we want to put in a bid.

“In the past we stood back for Nigeria but they lost out to Glasgow (for the right to host the 2014 Games). This time we have said there will be no horse-trading, we will put up our hand and see how we go.” The 2018 Commonwealth Games host city will be announced in November in St Kitts & Nevis, with the Sri Lankan capital of Hambantota and Australia’s Gold Coast in the running.

“The scale of the Commonwealth Games is a lot smaller than the Olympics,” he added. “We will have to have buy-in from a host city and from government, because of security issues, but we are not talking about the expense of an Olympics.”