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2022 Commonwealth Games awarded to Durban

Durban awarded 2022 Commonwealth Games, becomes 1st African host

2022 Commonwealth Games awarded to Durban

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Durban in South Africa will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first African city to be awarded the four-yearly multi-sports event.

The 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth Games Federation made the decision unanimously Wednesday after receiving Durban's final candidate city briefing at the general assembly in Auckland. Durban was the only candidate left when Edmonton, Canada withdrew its bid in February, citing costs.

The general assembly also voted to increase the number of compulsory sports at the games from 10 to 16.

Scotland's Louise Martin was elected the first female president of the federation, deposing incumbent Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia who held the role for four years.

Updated : 2021-09-28 09:55 GMT+08:00