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The South African city of Durban has been confirmed as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The confirmation came out after a vote at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) general assembly in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday.

Commonwealth games were first held in 1930 and for the first time it is going to be held in Africa in the year 2022. The event is held every four years and features athletes from over 50 countries.

The games will start on the birth date of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, from 18 to 30 July 2022.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games

The coastal city was the only contender for the multi-sports event after the withdrawal of Canadian city of Edmonton.

Durban 2022 bid chairman Mark Alexander from Auckland said; “I am excited, the city is excited.”

CGF president Prince Tunku Imran said; “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Durban city will host 22nd Commonwealth Games in the year 2022 from 18 to 30 July. For the first time in history the African soil will host the multi-sports event. ”

Last year it was held in Glasgow, Scotland.

The next Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018.

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