The Commission strongly features key figures from the hugely-successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – including the Organising Committee’s Vice-Chair Louise Martin CBE, and Chief Executive, David Grevemberg. Glasgow 2014 has already been described by CGF President HRH Prince Imran as the Commonwealth sports movement’s ‘best-ever’ Games.
The CGF Evaluation Commission will be chaired by Louise Martin, CGF Honorary Secretary. She will be joined on the Commission by David Grevemberg, who takes up his appointment as CGF Chief Executive next month. Other members of the Commission will include Maxwell de Silva, Secretary General Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) and Ian Hooper, Director of Sport and Special Projects at Glasgow Life, the organisation that delivers sports and cultural services on behalf of Glasgow City Council, A fifth member of the Commission, representing International Sporting Federations, is still to be announced.
In March this year, the CGF received formal notification of an intention to bid for the XXII Commonwealth Games from two cities – Durban in South Africa and Edmonton in Canada. The Commission will undertake their visits during April 2015.
The news was unveiled on the Gold Coast, Australia, where the CGF is undertaking a strategic debrief from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Games Partners, as well as a Co-ordination Commission review of operational planning for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Making the announcement, HRH Prince Imran said:
“I’m delighted to announce a 2022 Commonwealth Games Evaluation Commission which combines such extensive Games knowledge with excellent technical expertise and experience covering all the key factors relating to the delivery of a successful Games.
This is an exciting and dynamic period for the Commonwealth sports movement in which Glasgow 2014 has reaffirmed the position of the Commonwealth Games on the world’s sporting stage. Our future prospective host cities now have the opportunity to engage with and share the insight of a high-calibre Commission and I look forward very much to seeing the ambitions that Durban and Edmonton have for the 2022 Commonwealth Games being brought to life.”