Huge boost for sport in the city as Birmingham 2022 is officially confirmed!
Posted: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:00
After nearly a three month wait victory is finally confirmed as Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirms Birmingham as the 2022 host.
The games were originally awarded to Durban in 2015 however after running into financial difficulties the South African city was stripped of the games earlier this year.
In September The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport backed Birmingham over Liverpool as the preferred UK candidate city and a formal bid was submitted to Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
However despite being the only city to submit a bid by the deadline of the end of September, Birmingham had to wait until now for official confirmation. First, the CGF extended the deadline for bids until the end of November, saying Birmingham's bid was "not fully compliant", and then a second delay was announced earlier this month as the CGF looked for further guarantees from the city and government.
That process is now over and Birmingham has been officially announced as the host of Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. This will be the first global sports event in the region and will make Birmingham the third British city since 2000 to host the Commonwealth Games.
Mike Chamberlain, Sport Birmingham Chief Executive said "This is great news for community sport, and we are confident that the games will 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".
Birmingham showcases youth and diversity alongside a world class reputation for sport and culture. Sitting at the heart of the UK, and representing the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is also well positioned to attract people to the Games and ensure that the benefits of hosting extend right into our city and region.
It is hoped that Perry Barr will be transformed in the same way east Manchester was revitalised by hosting the Games the last time they were staged in England in 2002. Birmingham city council are also keen to put on the biggest and best cultural programme the Commonwealth Games have ever seen as part of its long-term plan to showcase the area's diversity, industrial heritage and young population.
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