Durban has officially been named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, making it the first African city ever to stage the sporting event.

South Africa’s third largest city was the only candidate for the 2022 hosting rights after Canada’s Edmonton withdrew in February, citing cost concerns.

Newly elected Commonwealth games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin, who led a commission that backed Durban’s bid after examining it in fine detail, expressed delight the Games would finally be held in Africa after 85 years.

The Games will open on July 18th, 2022, a national holiday marking the birthday of South African icon Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at age 95. The Games will run for 12 days.

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