Birmingham to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Games to be held in England for first time since 2002 and for third time in history of the country.

Birmingham to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

The English city of Birmingham was today confirmed as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a turbulent bidding process. Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the announcement at the Arena Academy, in the city, on morning: "We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today's announcement. It is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city", he said. Originally, in 2015, the Games were awarded to Durban, but the South African city had the event taken away earlier this year for financial reasons. In september, Birmingham defeated Liverpool to be Britain's candidate city for the 2022 Games and today Midlands town becomes the third english city to host the Games, after London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002.

The £750 million Commonwealth Games will be the most expensive sporting event held in Great Britain since the 2012 Olympic Games, which cost a reported £8 billion. Moreover, Birmingham has proposed to create the United Kindom's largest permanent athletics stadium, supplemented by four indoor arenas. However, after Olympics 2012, 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the start of the Tour de France in 2013 and, recently, World Championships in rugby, athletics and women's cricket, Great Britain is now set to organise yet another major sports event.

"The vast majority of the Games venues are in place - Martin added - and with extensive experience in the UK of hosting successful major events, including Manchester 2002, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation looks forward to a truly spectacular Games that delivers not only for the 2.4 billion citizens across the Commonwealth, but the wider world, too. Today is a fantastic day for Birmingham, global Britain and our resurgent Commonwealth Sports Movement". Next year Games will take place in Australia’s Gold Coast from 4-15 April.

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