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Motherland deserves Commonwealth Games

PICTURED: Al Hamilton

SPORTS JOURNALIST Al Hamilton has called for Africa to get the chance to host a Commonwealth Games.

The Games, recently held in Australia are an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth.

The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then (with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to the Second World War).

The most recent Commonwealth Games were recently held on the Gold Coast from April 4 -15. Now veteran sports scribe Hamilton is of the opinion that Africa should now seriously be looked at as a future host.

England, Canada, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand have hosted 18 Games between them with Birmingham set to welcome the sports world in four years time.

Hamilton told The Voice: “One of the arguments is a lack of infrastructure in regards to African ambitions. If that is a case, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which prides itself on family values, should look to assist.

“The CGF do well financially. You could have a situation whereby West African nations such as Nigeria and Ghana could co-host. That move would encourage other African nations in terms of equality and destiny.”

Hamilton, who staged the Commonwealth Sports Awards around the world for 30 years, added: “There is still inequality in terms of how the CGF operates.”

Hamilton also revealed that the Commonwealth Sports Awards were due to make a long awaited comeback in the future.

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