Durban in South Africa, it is expected, will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Edmonton withdrew its bid to host the event.

Durban would become the first city in Africa to host a major multi-sport event. 

According to report, Edmonton withdrew because of economic problems caused by the drop in worldwide oil prices.

Since Edmonton announced its intention to bid the Alberta Government has seen their fiscal programme go from a CAD$500 million (£260 million/$397 million/€351 million) surplus to a CAD$7 billion (£3.5 billion/$5.5 billion/€5 billion) deficit due to world oil prices, Canadian officials said in a statement. 

This drop will have significant impact on the economy, affecting most sectors throughout Alberta Province, they added. 

Edmonton had estimated that it would cost CAD$1 billion (£520 million/$795 million/€702 million) to host the Games, which it had last staged in 1978. 

Edmonton could put forward a bid again in 2026. 


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