South African officials have held an emergency meeting with the CGF in London ©Durban 2022

A special meeting has taken place between South African officials and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) as Durban battles to remain as hosts in 2022.

The meeting was held to discuss progress before the November 30 deadline for Durban to meet criteria necessary for them to remain as hosts of the CGF's showpiece event.

Taking place in London, the meeting included representatives from the South African Government and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), as well as CGF President Louise Martin and chief executive, David Grevemberg.

It formed part of their "continued dialogue and commitments to support Durban's progress" towards the deadline a week today.

South Africa were warned last month that they face being stripped of the Games if they do not meet a series of conditions they should have already satisfied last year.

Durban were awarded the Games at the CGF Assembly in Auckland in September 2015 but have so far failed to sign the Host City contract, establish an Organising Committee, confirm the underwriting arrangements as per contractual requirements or make any payments to the CGF.

The CGF have said they "remain committed to ensuring that Durban 2022 will be a great success", but a motion was passed that gives the CGF ruling Executive Board the authority to choose a new host city without a formal bid process if the event is withdrawn.

No progress report has been given following the latest meeting, with the CGF keen to keep consultations private until the deadline is reached.

"Further to a meeting in South Africa in October, Commonwealth Games representatives met in London with the South African Government, SASCOC and other delivery partners last week," a CGF spokesperson told insidethegames.

"The discussions were part of the ongoing dialogue with Durban 2022 in advance of November 30, 2016, the date that the CGF General Assembly set to achieve satisfactory resolution of all outstanding matters relating to the award of the XXII Commonwealth Games."

SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy claimed the London meeting had
SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy claimed the London meeting had "gone well" ©Getty Images

SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy has claimed the meeting went well.

"We discussed the outstanding issues and our plans to finalise them before the deadline," he told IOL News.

There is no indication, however, that financial guarantees have been given.

IOL News claim that the CGF called for "detailed responses on money matters, rental and the usage of various venues and facilities" during the London meeting.

It is also claimed that "technical issues regarding venues, the role of the Government and the constitution of the Organising Committee" were probed.

Changes to venues and standards at the Athletes' Village are other areas of concern.

Durban were chosen as hosts after Canadian city Edmonton, its only rival, withdrew due to the falling oil prices worldwide.

The city has since missed a number of key deadlines, including establishing an Organising Committee within 180 days of being awarded the Games.

If Durban is stripped of the Games, other cities will be approached to see if they are interested.

Among the countries to rule themselves out are England, who are planning to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games after both Birmingham and Liverpool expressed an interest.