Durban to confirm bid for Commonwealth Games in 2022

South African city Durban will Monday move significantly closer to staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games — considered a possible launchpad for an Olympics bid.

A short ceremony in London is set to confirm the east coast city as the lone contender to stage the quadrennial, 71-nation multisport event.

The 600-page, 30-centimetre thick bid book will be handed to Commonwealth Games Federation officials during a brief mid-day ceremony at the official residence of the London Lord Mayor.

Bidding for the Commonwealth event is seen as a possible dress rehearsal for a 2024 or 2028 Olympics bid.

No African country has hosted either event.

South Africa have proposed a 12-day Commonwealth Games from July 18 — birthday of the late Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Canadian city Edmonton also wanted to play host to the 2022 Games, but withdrew due to financial constraints.

The cost of staging the Commonwealth Games is a sensitive issue in South Africa, where a quarter of the active population is jobless.

Millions of South Africans lack running water and electricity and believe money used to fund the Games should be spent on basic services instead.

National government, local government and sports officials are tight-lipped about costs, saying only that the figures will be revealed Monday.

“The 2022 Games will be affordable,” South African Olympic body boss Gideon Sam told reporters before flying to London.

“About 95 percent of the infrastructure is in place.”

Sam says an economic impact study predicts visitors to the Games would spend 12 billion rand ($1 billion/928 million euros).

There would also be revenue from ticket sales and shares of broadcast and sponsorship deals.

The Olympic supremo is excited about the likelihood of the Commonwealth Games coming to Africa.

“The time has come for Africa to host these Games. We have the infrastructure.”

Officials stress that the emphasis will be on upgrading existing facilities with only an athletes’ village and a shooting range to be built from scratch.

Another cost-cutter is that most of the venues will be within 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) of the main Moses Mabhida Stadium, a 2010 FIFA World Cup venue.

“If you look at Durban, the main stadium is in place, the swimming pool is in place, the athletics track is in place,” said Sam.

“We will follow the 2012 London Olympics lead and use exhibition centres for the indoor sports.”

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Durban bid committee chief executive Tubby Reddy warned, however, against assuming the deal was done ahead of a September 2 vote in Auckland to decide the 2022 hosts.

“Officials are not voting over one or other city now,” he told reporters, “they are voting over the quality of the bid we are presenting.

“We are not facing rival bids — we are competing against ourselves. I believe we have a top-class bid.”

South Africa has successfully hosted the football, rugby union and cricket World Cup tournaments, and there has been much media speculation about an Olympics bid.

Reddy cautioned against linking the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.

“The Olympics is a completely different ball game when it comes to costs.

“To give one example: a Commonwealth Games gymnastics venue requires 5,000 seats, but you need 15,000 for an Olympics.”

Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 edition is scheduled for the Australian Gold Coast.

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Bolt helps Jamaica to Commonwealth Games gold

Usain Bolt has helped Jamaica to win gold in the men’s 4x100m relay at the Commonwealth Games.

The world’s fastest man ended his controversial stay in Glasgow by powering down the home straight to bring his team home in 37.58 seconds, a Games record. 

England took silver, with quartet of Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Danny Talbot holding off Trinidad and Tobago, clocking  a time of 38.02secs.

3 more gold medals for Kenya in Glasgow

Kenya’s successful run at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland continued on Saturday night with Mercy Cherono leading Janet Kisa to a 1, 2 finish in the women’s 5000m finals.

Cherono finished the race in 15 minutes 07.21 seconds.

Elsewhere James Magut won gold for Kenya in the men’s 1500m race with Ronald Kwemoi bagging silver.

Javelin sensation Julius Yego also won gold to boost Kenya’s overall medal tally, which currently stands at 25; 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze.

2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze within an hour for Kenya

Kenyan athletes clinched a total of 5 medals in a span of an hour at the ongoing Commonwealth games in Glasgow Scotland on Friday night. The athletes maintained their dominance in the men’s 3000m steeplechase race by recording another clean podium finish.

Jonathan Ndiku clinched gold with Jairus Birech and Ezekiel Kemboi getting silver and bronze respectively.

Kenya’s second gold medal of the day came courtesy of Eunice Sum in the women’s 800m race.

Elsewhere Josephat Bett won silver in the men’s 10,000m race.

Kenya is currently 10th in the medal standings at the games with a total of 19 medals; 7 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze.

Ebola alert hits Commonwealth Games as athlete is quarantined

An athlete at the Commonwealth Games has revealed he was hospitalized and put into isolation for four days while he was tested for the deadly Ebola virus.

Cyclist Moses Sesay, from Sierra Leone in West Africa where hundreds are reported to have died from the flesh-eating virus, was admitted to hospital in Glasgow after feeling unwell and developing fever-like symptoms.

However, he was later given the all-clear and yesterday competed in the road race time trial.

Last night, the 32-year-old said he and other athletes were scared of returning home because of Ebola and would try to remain in Britain until their special three-month visas for the Games expired.

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Rudisha loses out to Botswana’s Amos in 800m race

David Rudisha lost out to Botswana’s Nijel Amos in the finals of the 800m race at the ongoing Commonwealth games in Glasgow Scotland on Thursday night.

Rudisha had to settle for silver despite high hopes of a sixth gold medal for Kenya at the games with South Africa’s Andre Olivier taking bronze,

Rudisha later attributed his loss to lack of enough preparation, having only recently returned from injury.

Another clean medal sweep for Kenya in Glasgow

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Purity Kirui led a second Kenyan clean medal sweep, Wednesday  night, in the women’s 3000m steeplechase race at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland.

Kirui took gold, with Micah Chemos and Joan Kipkemoi winning silver and bronze respectively to ensure Kenya’s dominance in the steeplechace remains unchallenged.

On Tuesday, Joyce Chepkirui led Florence Kiplagat and Emily Chebet in Kenya’s first clean medal sweep at the games in the women’s 10000m race.


Kenya’s Commonwealth medal hunt continues tonight

Florence Kiplagat at a previous race. She will lead the Kenyan team in the 10,000m race. Photo courtesy of The Star

Kenya’s search for more medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland continues tonight in the women’s 10,000m and 1500m races.

Florence Kiplagat, Emily Chebet and Joyce Kipkurui will represent Kenya in the 10,000m race which starts at 9.07pm while Faith Chepngetich, Hellen Obiri and Selah Busienei will take part in the 1500m final at 11.50pm.

Meanwhile David Rudisha, Ferguson Cheruiyot and Evans Kipkorir are all through to the men’s semi final for the 800m race after finishing 1st, 2nd and third respectively in the qualifying heats.


Kenyan boxers start well in Glasgow

                                                                                                                                                                                    Benson Gicharu  File photo courtesy of The Star

At least two Kenyan boxers have registered wins today to kick start their Commonwealth Games campaigns in Glasgow Scotland.

Benson Gicharu beat Guyana’s Imran Khan in the men’s Bantam weight category by three points to nil and will now proceed to the next round.

He will next take on Sikiru Ojo of Nigeria on Monday.

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Welterweight Rayton Okwiri. File Photo courtesy of The Star

Another boxer, Rayton Okwiri beat Melven Clair of Mauritius by three rounds to nil to also proceed to the next round in the men’s welterweight category.

Jason Dunford knocked out of 50m Butterfly

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Kenyan Swimmer Jason Dunford was yesterday knocked out of the 50 meters butterfly competition at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland.

Dunford finished fourth, clocking twenty four seconds, which was out of the qualification mark.

That performance could mark the end of Dunford’s illustrious swimming career as he says he is considering quitting competitive swimming.

He however will see through the remaining two events at the Glasgow games; the 100m-Butterfly and the 100m-freestyle before deciding on his future.


Mo Farah withdraws from Commonwealth Games

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Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after failing to recover from a recent illness.

Farah won the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 and was set to run both distances in Scotland.

He has decided to stay at his training camp to prepare for August’s European Championships in Zurich.

Commonwealth Games kick off in Scotland

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The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games was finally opened in a colorful ceremony held at Celtic Park in Glasgow Scotland yesterday.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo Courtesy of GETTY images


Queen Elizabeth II who is the leader of the commonwealth declared the 2014 Games officially open in a ceremony punctuated by performances by various artistes including Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle.

About 4500 athletes from seventy one nations are expected to take part in the 10 day event.

Kenya’s search for medals starts on Sunday in the men’s and women’s marathon final as well as the men’s 5000m race.

Commonwealth Games kick off tonight

The commonwealth Games kick off today in Glasgow Scotland with the opening ceremony taking place at Celtic Park starting at 11pm. Kenya will be represented in several categories at the games including Boxing, Athletics, Cycling and Rugby. During the last edition held in Delhi India in 2010, Kenya managed to finish fifth overall with a total of thirty three medals.

Commonwealth Games kick off tomorrow

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The commonwealth Games kick off tomorrow in Glasgow with the opening ceremony taking place at the Celtic Park. Kenyan athletes will be in action on Thursday in the men 5000 meters final as well as the Men and Women marathon races.
Kenya’s National Sevens Rugby Team will open its campaign at the Games with a match against Cook Islands on Saturday.



The match will kick off at 1.16pm. Kenya will later take on Trinidad and Tobago at 9.52pm and then South Africa at 12.10am on Sunday.
Eleven athletes including men marathon defending champion John Ekilu and 800 meters runner Ferguson Rotich have not been able to travel with the rest of the team to Glasgow after they failed to get the required accreditation.