Birmingham To Host The Commonwealth Games In 2022?
It has been announced that Birmingham has been chosen over Liverpool as the destination that will host the 2022 Commonwealth games if England wins the bid.
The West Midlands big city has been backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to host the event; however the city will still be required to prove that they can host the event to the Commonwealth Games Federation.
After it was publicised that Durban, South Africa, had been barred from hosting the event, Kuala Lumpur became the front runner to host.
Durban had previously been successful with its bid to host the 2022 games; however they had failed to convince the federation that they could cope with hosting the event, therefore a replacement city search started.
In England, Liverpool had also expressed interest in hosting the prestigious event, in bids to use the event as a leveraging opportunity. However, Birmingham had put in a competitive bid in addition to Liverpool’s bid.
Birmingham’s victory was due to the city proposing to create an athletics stadium that would be used solely for athletics, with 4 indoor arenas inside. This would be the UK’s permanent athletics stadium.
On the successful bid, Tracey Crouch, The Sports Minister, said:
“While both bids were of high quality, Birmingham’s bid was considered particularly strong on its management of risk, its high quality existing venue infrastructure and its plans for a long term sporting legacy,”
“The government will look at the final bid proposal from Birmingham and decide if a formal bid will be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation,”
“We need to be completely satisfied that the bid offers overall value for money from hosting the Games and that a strong economic and sporting legacy can be delivered from it.”
Now that Birmingham has been chosen, the government will be required to decide whether or not they want to make a formal bid, and commit to it, otherwise they will not be successful.
Costs for the games could lead to an estimated £680 million, with Birmingham City Council required to fund 25 per cent.