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Africa victims of a ‘flawed process’

PROCESS: CGF President Louise Martin during a Commonwealth Games Federation media conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham

NIGERIA OR South Africa should land the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

That’s the view of veteran sports journalist Al Hamilton who is of the opinion that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) should make it mandatory that either Africa nation gets the chance to host the Games.

Last year Durban was stripped of the right to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a trail of missed deadlines and financial problems that highlights the daunting burdens facing host cities for major sporting events.

The CGF said the South African coastal city had failed to meet the promises contained in its bid, and the search for a replacement host was now on.
Hamilton says that Africa should not be forgotten after Birmingham was named to take over from Durban.

Hamilton, who hosted the Commonwealth Sports Awards for over three decades, told the Voice of Sport: “CGF president Louise Martin and her team provided a flawed process; a country was awarded without due process. All boxes have to be ticked.

“The CGF - the entity that should have ensured that all the boxes were ticked – got it wrong.

“Was it over enthusiasm or was it a case that they desperately wanted an African nation to host the Games as the continent has not done so for an inexplicable 88 years?

“They (CGF) now have an opportunity to right the debacle by ensuring that South Africa, under a new president, gets another opportunity. Africa should not be overlooked.

“It should be mandated that the CGF, before any other country is looked at, that Africa is in with a chance; whether it be South Africa or Nigeria - who were contenders in 2014 but lost out to Glasgow.”

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