Birmingham bid to host 2022 Commonwealth Games receives official Government backing
By Community | September 29, 2017
Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has today been officially backed by the government.
The city’s bid plans have impressed the government which believes that, should Birmingham’s bid be successful, hosting the Games would provide value for the public money that would be invested.
Karen Bradley, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said: “Our focus now is to work alongside Birmingham’s excellent bid team and Commonwealth Games England to put forward the strongest possible bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation, while ensuring that we get maximum value for money for the taxpayer.”
A formal bid is set to be submitted ahead of Saturday’s deadline while the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is expected to make its decision on a host city later in the year.
Ian Metcalfe, Chair of Commonwealth Games England, added: “Anyone who experienced Manchester in 2002, London in 2012 or Glasgow in 2014 will know just how special major sporting events in the UK can be.
“I am sure that Birmingham can stage an unforgettable Commonwealth Games in 2022. Birmingham’s exciting bid shows that the Games will not only deliver a sport programme of the highest calibre but also provide an amazing platform for the country as a whole.”
— DCMS (@DCMS) September 29, 2017