While road cycling and mountain biking will feature, track cycling will not be part of Durban's Commonwealth Games bid

Track cycling would be omitted from the 2022 Commonwealth Games if Durban’s bid is successful.

The South African city does not have an existing velodrome and the cost of building a suitable venue is thought to be behind the sport’s omission.

While road cycling and mountain biking are set to remain on the schedule, but it would be the first time track cycling wouldn’t feature since 1934.

South Africa failed to win a single medal in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow last year, with their only cycling medal coming through Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s bronze in the women’s road race.

Inside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Inside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Australia and England have traditionally dominated the track cycling at the Games, with the Australians topping the table with 24 medals in Glasgow, including seven golds.

As insidethegames reports, the Commonwealth Games programme consists of 10 core sports – athletics, badminton, men’s boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, men’s rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting – with each host selecting up to seven others of their choice.

Australia’s Gold Coast will host the Games in 2018, with the existing outdoor Chandler Velodrome being demolished and replaced with a new enclosed 250m track.

  • Geoff Waters

    That Durban does not have a velodrome is nonsense. The Cyril Geoghegan stadium -333metres outdoor track – was opened in 1981 and has been the venue of the SA track championships on numerous occasions. It may not be a state-of-the art 21st century indoor velodrome but it is potentially viable if refurbished. Also, the all-Africa track championships were recenttly held on an outdoor track in Pietermaritzburg, a city 50 miles inland from Durban. If the UCI is serious about globalising track cycling, it needs to intervene in the negotiations for the Commonwealth Games.

  • Edvid

    I guess the Commonwealth ‘superpowers’ (i.e. Australia / GB) won’t be happy, but the future of the Commonwealth Games post-2018 is dependent on Durban hosting the 2022 event in the first place (and no other bidders are forthcoming), so there’s not much they can do about it