Two sport codes controversially omitted from the 2022 Commonwealth Games schedule could still be included, but bid committee chief executive Tubby Reddy insists the funding for track cycling and gymnastics venues will not be extracted from the Games budget.
Track cycling is considered an “optional” code as defined by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), and Reddy said yesterday it was not viable to build and maintain a facility to host the competition at the Durban showpiece.
“The City of Durban has been very clear they don’t want a velodrome, but the International Cycling Union is pushing hard for it,” Reddy said.
Gymnastics was an “optional” code when Durban launched its bid for the Games, but it was included among the “core” compulsory sports at the same CGF council meeting where the coastal city was announced as the host of the 2022 spectacle.
“Gymnastics is now a core sport but we have always maintained with the CGF that if they bring it in now, after the fact, they need to come to the table,” Reddy said.
“We don’t have an indoor facility in Durban that can accommodate gymnastics, which apparently needs to be as big as a rugby field.”
Reddy said the bid committee would meet with the CGF at the end of this month to finalise the codes being contested at the Games, with the international body being placed under pressure from international federations.
If track cycling is not held, it will be the first edition of the Games to omit the code since the Commonwealth showpiece was first held in 1934, and if gymnastics is not contested it will be the first time since the 1986 edition in Edinburgh.
“There will be negotiations, but we will not allow the changes to balloon the budget,” Reddy said.