South Africa has lost the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.
The Commonwealth Games Federation and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula could not reach an agreement on the operational budget.
The country has already spent R118 million on the bid.
University of KwaZulu Natal professor of geography and environmental sciences, Brij Maharaj, says South Africa should not have made the deal at all.
The downside is international embarrassment for the country, that we are unable to honour our international sporting obligations.— Professor Brij Maharaj, UKZN
The bid was flawed from the beginning. The central government support was always reluctant.— Professor Brij Maharaj, UKZN
I think they have not learnt from Fifa. If they had, they would not have made the bid.— Professor Brij Maharaj, UKZN
We don't apply our minds when we are making these bids. We are looking for this global glory, hoping that covers up the serious problems we are facing at home.— Professor Brij Maharaj, UKZN
Meanwhile, South African Rugby has put in a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
Maharaj says the failure to host Commonwealth games may affect the country's reputation, but rugby stands a better chance.
The scale of rugby/cricket market is very different.— Professor Brij Maharaj, UKZN
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