Johannesburg – The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) on Thursday said it was making strides in petitioning for support in the country's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.

“As the Commonwealth Games Association, Sascoc has developed an all-encompassing strategy to lobby for the 2022 Commonwealth bid,” Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy said in a statement.

“We have made positive strides in our petitioning to all the Commonwealth countries during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and they seem to be very forthcoming.”

Among the strategies were participation in the Glasgow 2014

Observer programme, and hosting lunches with key figures and bid presentations.

Sascoc confirmed that over 10 delegates from South Africa were taking part in the 13-day programme, including personnel from the Commonwealth Games Association, the sports department, and the City of Durban.

“It is Africa’s turn to host the Commonwealth Games and we are and will continue conveying this message to the Commonwealth countries' representatives,” Reddy said.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam said they had received positive feedback from Commonwealth country representatives.

“They believe it is Africa’s turn and indeed it is Africa’s turn,” Sam said.

“After hosting a successful Football World Cup in 2010, Sascoc continues focusing on the various aspects of society’s development. We are once again ready to invest in the hosting of one of the world's mega events.” – Sapa