Durban invisible as Edmonton group ramps up Commonwealth Games bid

Heather Klimchuk (left), Reg Milley (centre), and Mayor Don Iveson wear an Edmonton 2022 T-shirt...

Heather Klimchuk (left), Reg Milley (centre), and Mayor Don Iveson wear an Edmonton 2022 T-shirt after announcing the city's bid for the 22nd Commonwealth Games Edmonton city hall on July 1, 2014. Milley is heading up the bid. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:00 PM ET

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Where is Durban?

Not on the map of South Africa. Here?

In the game behind the Games to win the bid to play host to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, that's the mystery.

Edmonton 2022 is very visible. Durban, not so much.

The Canadian contingent has been here, clearly working hard building relationships with voting delegates while building knowledge, working on the bid book and sending committee members every day for an eight hour shift in the Games Observer Program.

After presenting their 'In the name of Nelson Mandela give us these Games' hard sell to the Commonwealth Games Federation Assembly Monday, it's like Durban disappeared.

"About Durban, you are not wrong," said Commonwealth Games Canada CEO Brian MacPherson in responding to the suggestion that the South African city appears to have an entirely different strategy than their Canadian opponent.


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