Liverpool’s hopes of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been boosted with Durban set to bow out over financial issues.
The South African city were all set to stage the event after being awarded the Games in 2015 as the only hosts to make a confirmed bid.
But the BBC report that Durban are about to bow out leaving the way clear for another option with Liverpool a prime candidate to step in.
A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said previously: “Liverpool is interested in hosting the games in 2022.
“We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.”
Only last month sports minister Fikile Mbalula appeared to pre-empt the withdrawal revealing that the government had failed to come to an agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation over bankrolling the event.
“It does not look like we will find each other,” he said.
“We have given it our best shot, but we cannot live beyond our means.”