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Commonwealth Games: Durban confirmed as 2022 host city

COMMONWEALTH GAME The city on the east coast of South Africa was the only remaining bidder after Edmonton's bid team withdrew in February for financial reasons.

The Games will begin on 18 July - what would have been the 104th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela - and finish on 30 July. It will be the 22nd staging of the event, which is held every four years. Athletes from more than 50 countries - most of which are former British colonies - compete. The announcement was made at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) general assembly in Auckland.

It is thought awarding the Games to an African city for the first time could pave the way for South Africa to make another attempt to host the Olympics. Cape Town finished third in bidding for the 2004 event. The Commonwealth Games was last held in 2014 in Glasgow, with Australia's Gold Coast hosting the 2018 event.

About Commonwealth Games : These multi-sport events feature athletes from over 50 member countries of Commonwealth nations. The games were first held in 1930 and since then they are held every 4 years. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is nodal agency to oversee the games. It also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities. India had hosted 19th edition of Commonwealth Games in New Delhi from 3 to 14 October, 2010.