Liverpool has offered to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games if Durban opts out over costs.
South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula told reporters at a media briefing in South Africa on Tuesday that Durban 2022 may be scrapped.
That plunged the Commonwealth Games' future into doubt, but mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has offered it a lifeline.
Sports minister Fikile Mbalula told reporters on Tuesday that Durban 2022 may be scrapped
'Happy to confirm I've told government of our desire to host 2022 CWG,' he wrote on Twitter.
Durban was named host in September 2015, but its selection was subject to conditions. Some of those have not been met and a review of its commitment to host is ongoing.
South Africa has previously demonstrated its ability to host global sports events. It hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Should its host status end, there may be few alternatives - but Liverpool has put its hand up as one.
A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said: 'Liverpool is interested in hosting the Games in 2022.
'We had heard Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the Government that we are very willing to host them instead.'
South Africa's sports ministry earlier on Tuesday issued a statement in an attempt to clarify the sports minister's comments.