Sport Birmingham delighted as Birmingham’s bid to host 2022 Commonwealth Games edges closer
Posted: Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:05
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has backed Birmingham over Liverpool as the preferred UK candidate city for a potential bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
DCMS said while both bids were of high quality, Birmingham's bid was particularly strong because of its "high quality" existing venues - like the Alexander Stadium, Villa Park and the Birmingham Arena - and its plans for a long term sporting legacy.
Mike Chamberlain, Sport Birmingham Chief Executive said "This is wonderful news for community sport, and we are confident that we can be awarded the games and use them to create a true legacy for the city and region. In particular the young people of Birmingham stand to benefit as we will plan to use the power of sport and physical activity to improve lives, and bring communities together.
Of course, there will also be the inspirational effect of the games which we wish to maximise and work with schools to develop more choice of sport to be experienced – from this we have a fantastic opportunity to grow our Birmingham School Games festivals and support the development of the city's young talent across many of the Commonwealth sports".
A compelling business case must now be pulled together, showing clear value for taxpayers money to receive government funding towards an official bid.
The government will now make a final decision, in consultation with Commonwealth Games England, if the UK will submit a formal bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation, with Birmingham as the proposed candidate city.
If Birmingham's bid passes this final stage of assessment then a formal bid will be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation in the coming weeks.
The race to stage the Games could also face rival cities from Australia, Canada and Malaysia.
Paul Faulkner, Sport Birmingham Chairman and Chief Executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said 'It is brilliant news that the government have chosen Birmingham over Liverpool to be the UK's candidate city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
"The race isn't over yet – we have still got to compete against a few other cities across the Commonwealth to host the Games in 2022.
"But this is a huge step forward. It is a massive vote of confidence from the government in Birmingham and in the whole region.
"A lot of hard work has been put in from many stakeholders across the region to get this far.