Sydney is readying a bid to host the plagued 2022 Commonwealth Games after the event was officially stripped from Durban earlier this week.
Since August 2016, Sydney has been preparing a bid for the event after problems with Durban’s capacity to host has come into question, according to News Corp.
Commonwealth Games Association president Sam Coffa said a back-up plan for a city in to host had been in the works for almost 12 months.
“As early as August [last year] I put my hand up to say [to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)] ‘should there be a problem with a host city for 2022, then would consider hosting the Games in ‘,” he said.
will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Hosting two consecutive Commonwealth Games is unprecedented in the history of the Games.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian would welcome the event coming to Sydney, which would be the first major sporting competition since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Sydney last hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1938.
“Sydney hosted the Olympic Games and we are always keen to show off our great city and sporting facilities to the world,” Berejiklian said.
Coffa agreed that Sydney is in prime position should get the nod.
“The proposal of a city like Sydney is appetising because if was tapped on the shoulder we’re not stupid, we would be looking where the infrastructure is on the ground.”
Adelaide and Melbourne have also signalled their intent to host the Games. The join a crowded group of cities that have shown interest in holding the event, including Edmonton in Canada, Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester in England, New Delhi in India and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.