London, Dec 6, 2017: The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board today received an update from the Federation’s Evaluation Panel chaired by CGF President Louise Martin. The Panel was established to review and recommend the selection of the host for the XXII edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 (2022 Commonwealth Games Host City).
Since the Executive Board was empowered by the CGF General Assembly in October 2016 to identify an alternative 2022 Games host to Durban, South Africa, the CGF has undertaken a thorough and collaborative process involving a number of Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and their governments.
This process has involved the consideration of eight different cities to host the 2022 Games. Recently, the Executive Board took the decision to extend the process beyond 30 September 2017 to enable cities more time to develop their hosting propositions.
Today, from the 2018 Commonwealth Games Coordination Commission meeting on the Gold Coast, Australia, CGF President Louise Martin provided an update to the Executive Board. Following the President’s update, the Executive Board determined that it required further clarification on a range of issues identified by the Evaluation Panel before it can appoint a host city for 2022.
Louise Martin, President of the CGF said: “When the CGF General Assembly took the difficult decision to reallocate the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it delegated the Federation’s Executive Board the responsibility to award the Games.
It is essential that we have fully examined all aspects of the cities’ bid submissions and expressions of interest, and that we are fully satisfied that the ultimate host for 2022 is capable of staging a Games that fully delivers for Commonwealth athletes and host communities.
“The CGF is close to making a decision to select the host city of the 2022 Games. We thank all nations who have participated in the process. We are also close to achieving significant Games legacy objectives, however we have been asked to provide a little more time in order for these to be realised, and in the interest of good partnership we have decided to allow this.
“The CGF is confident that we will make a final decision regarding the selection of a host city for 2022 before the year-end, but we will continue to remain flexible and collaborative in a true sense of partnership with potential hosts so that, above all, we have a decision that the entire Commonwealth can get behind.” —- CGF