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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Victory for Brum: Commonwealth Games confirm city as host

Birmingham has received the ultimate early Christmas present; the city has finally been chosen to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The event, which is set to boost the West Midlands economy by £750 million, will take place over the course of 11 days during summer 2022.

Birmingham was the only city able to put together a plan for hosting the Commonwealth Games in the short time scale required following the removal of Durban, the original host of the event, earlier this year.

The news came today after The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) hosted a special Media Conference staged at the Arena Academy school in Birmingham.

CGF President Louise Martin CBE applauded the city’s ambitious and innovative vision to engage and benefit its local community, showcase the best of global Britain and warmly welcome and inspire athletes and fans from right across the Commonwealth.

She said: “With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth, and so the Commonwealth Sports Movement looks forward to collaborating with all the Games partners to showcase the city’s humanity and pride to a global audience over the coming months and years."

Today’s announcement by the CGF follows the Gold Coast 2018 Coordination Commission taking place earlier this month in Australia.

Gold Coast 2018 organisers have committed to share all their experience and advice with Birmingham, passing on the baton and putting the city in the strongest position to deliver an inspiring, impactful and successful Games.

The foundations for the Games have now been laid, with the official handover to Birmingham set to take place at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony on April 15 next year.

The Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee will also be the first to benefit from the new CGF Partnerships delivery model, as the CGF takes an increasingly active and direct role in the delivery of the Games through the creation of an integrated delivery team, working in close partnership with the host city and CGA.

The Commonwealth Games will not only be 11 days of sport, it will also include major investments in sports venues across the West Midlands, as well as transport, housing and jobs within the next few years.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The success of this bid has depended entirely on the whole of the West Midlands region getting behind it and recognising the benefits it will bring. 

"The Games will provide the opportunity to not only see world-class sport but bring economic and social benefits. 

“Above all, this will be our opportunity, along with the Coventry City of Culture the year prior to the Games, to showcase a resurgent, diverse and confident West Midlands to the world.”

Birmingham 2022, which is expected to take place from 27 July – 7 August 2022, marks 20 years since Manchester 2002, the last time the Games were held in England.

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