Black proposes rehosting Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Canada wanted to submit a bid for the 2022 Games, but no Canadian city stepped forward

Victoria and Esquimalt municipal councils are considering a request by Oak Bay businessman David Black to have the region rehost the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Canada wanted to submit a bid for the 2022 Games, but no Canadian city stepped forward because of cost. So far, only Durban, South Africa has submitted a bid.

Black said he is only seeking for Victoria to be considered as an alternative host in the event Durban is “unable or unwilling to proceed with its bid.”

“We have the facilities and venues in place to host the Games,” said Black in a letter to local politicians.

“We also have skilled and experienced sports and business people who can create new approaches to hosting in order to hold operating costs down to an affordable level.”

Black chaired the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. He owns more than 180 newspapers in Western Canada and the United States, including the Victoria News, and is proposing an oil refinery in northern B.C.

On Monday, Esquimalt council considered Black’s offer and wanted more information on the costs involved and the commitment of municipalities.

When the Games were held in Victoria more than 20 years ago most of the events were held in Saanich, but the region rallied together to put on a successful sporting event.

“It’s a huge undertaking and can only be considered on a regional basis,” said Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins.

“There are many opportunities and benefits.”

In the 1994 Games, Esquimalt hosted both wrestling and boxing events.

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Playful pooches take over Bullen Park for free event Saturday, Sunday

Ninth annual Pet-A-Palooza featured a mud run, weiner dog races, puppy stampede and more

Take your opportunity to sing at the Royal Theatre

Great Canadian Sing debuts Sept. 8 with inspirational music, talented performers, singalong format

Victoria’s Other Secret not so secret anymore

How six Mount Doug teachers turned a lunch jam into $11,000 raised for charity

PHOTOS: Inside the opening of the expanded Westhills Stadium

The grand opening of the expanded stadium in Langford is on schedule for Aug. 24

Award-nominated Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline Indigifest 2019 coming to Victoria

Scheduled for Aug. 24, the event is a showcase of Indigenous musicians from around B.C.

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

Most Read