Edmonton and Durban bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games are opposites

A police officer patrols the perimeter of the Commonwealth Games facilities in advance of the...

A police officer patrols the perimeter of the Commonwealth Games facilities in advance of the games' opening on Wednesday. (Reuters)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

“In the name of Nelson Mandela, give us these Games!”

There was no subtlety in the message from the moment delegates arrived to begin the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly here Monday.

Each person entering the room was presented with a leather-bound notebook on which three lines of gold embossed words were featured on the front:

It’s Africa’s Turn

Durban, South Africa

Candidate City 2022

It was hard sell vs. soft sell in a bizarre beginning as the two bidding cities for the 2022 Games were given 15 minutes each to introduce themselves at the end of the first day of business at the assembly.

Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Canada couldn’t possibly have taken more opposite approaches.

A few minutes prior to the projected start of the presentations, the Durban delegation of five sat on the dais with an empty chair between them.


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