The Commonwealth Games was in danger on Tuesday night of being left without a host in 2022 after Durban warned it could be forced to surrender the event.
The South African city was awarded the Games in September 2015, having been the sole bidder following the withdrawal of Edmonton, Canada.
But South Africa’s sports minister announced on Tuesday it could not afford to put on an event it had declared itself “fully committed” to hosting barely two months earlier.
Fikile Mbalula said: “We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t.”
Mbalula added that the Durban’s fate rested with the Commonwealth Games Federation, which was due to meet in London next week to make a decision on whether to strip it of the event.
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