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CWG Federation CEO Hopeful of Taking The Games to Africa in Near Future

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Last Updated: August 08, 2022, 20:39 IST

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The Birmingham Games will conclude on Monday. (AP Photo)

The Birmingham Games will conclude on Monday. (AP Photo)

South African city Durban was the original hosts for the 22nd edition of the CWG before it pulled out citing financial constraints

The Commonwealth Games is likely to enter Africa in the near future as there is “active interest” from African nations, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive officer Katie Sadleir said on Monday.

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The Birmingham Games will conclude on Monday.

“I hope it will open up a few eyes for the future Games,” she said, adding that “there is active interest from countries in Africa in staging the Games.”

South African city Durban was the original hosts for the 22nd edition of the CWG before it pulled out citing financial constraints.

“I had the privilege of speaking at the Sports Ministers conference, and there were several ministers there from Africa saying ‘when is it our turn to host a Games?’

“Certainly it’s something we are interested in talking to a few other countries together to see how the model would like,” she said.

Largely COVID-19 free, most successful in ticket sales

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COVID-19 did cause some initial jitters but Games CEO Ian Reid said they could handle the situation due to a wide network of paramedics and testing facilities.

“I’m very pleased with the way that’s gone. The approach we took at the start of the Games was very much about how to get athletes and officials to the Village ‘clean’.

“The focus was very much on making sure that they are tested at the welcome centre. All went off really well.

“But the feedback was generally positive and the case numbers and the low percentage 1-3 per cent on certain days was much lower than we had anticipated. A vast majority of athletes were healthy and able to compete with their optimum performance,” he added.

In terms of ticket sales, Reid said the Games would break all records.

“As of now 1.5 million tickets have been sold across the venues and this is not the final figure as some matches are still on. We had 90 per cent in most of the venues which would make it the most successful CWG.”

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first published:August 08, 2022, 20:39 IST
last updated:August 08, 2022, 20:39 IST