The Commonwealth Games Federation’s Evaluation Commission today (27 April 2015) commences its formal visit to the candidate city of Durban, South Africa, bidding to host the XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The five-strong commission, chaired by CGF Honorary Secretary Louise Martin CBE, will evaluate and advise on their plans to host the first Commonwealth Games on African soil, before Durban’s bid is voted on by all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth Games Federation membership at their General Assembly on September 2.
The four-day visit will focus on analysing and learning more about the technical aspects of the bid, meeting the Government and City partners who will be essential to the successful delivery of the Games and visiting numerous competition and noncompetition venues and facilities. The Evaluation Commission will then prepare a Bid Evaluation Report, for presentation to the CGF membership no later than one month before the General Assembly, to help inform the membership’s vote.
Louise Martin CBE, who also chaired the successful bid for Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said:
“As a Commonwealth Sports Movement, we cannot fail to be excited by the prospect of a first Commonwealth Games in Africa, and warmly welcome Durban and South Africa’s bid and congratulate the Durban Bid Team and their local and national partners for all the hard work they have put in so far.
This Evaluation Commission, however, has a very important job to do – to analyse and gain a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of the bid and hear firsthand the plans and strategies that will be put in place to deliver an inspiring and inclusive Games for everyone in seven years time. To borrow the bid team’s slogan, we are Ready to be Inspired.”
In addition to the Chair, Louise Martin, the Evaluation Commission members bring considerable direct experience of the most recent Games in Glasgow, Scotland and are: David Grevemberg, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Federation and former Glasgow 2014 CEO; Andrew Ryan, Executive Director, ASOIF (The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) and former Glasgow 2014 and current Gold Coast 2018 Coordination Commission member; Ian Hooper, Director of Sport and Special Projects, Glasgow Life and Maxwell de Silva, Secretary General, Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games Association and National Olympic Committee.
Chairman of the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee, Mark Alexander, said:
“This is an another important step towards bringing the Games to Durban and a very significant milestone in the Bid process which, we believe, will go a long way in convincing the CGF assessment team that the City is ready and that we are able to meet our commitments that we presented to the CGF in London in March 2015”.
“We are confident that the City’s Bid team is fully prepared for the Evaluation
Commission’s visit and that Durban will be the host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.”
Bid Committee CEO, Tubby Reddy added: “There is no doubt that we have put up a quality bid which will far exceed the expectations of the CGF. We have been meticulous and sensitive to all the demands from the City as well as from the CGF, and we believe that Durban has produced a world-class bid. Our belief in bringing the Games to Africa remains firm and very optimistic.”