Birmingham welcomes Commonwealth Games decision

Basketball_in_Victoria_SquareBirmingham today (07 September 2017) welcomed the decision by the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit (CGDU) to recommend it as a Candidate City to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ian Ward, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bid Committee, said:

“This is a great endorsement by the UK Government of Birmingham’s credentials to host the Games and recognition of the city’s resolve to deliver a memorable event. We appreciate that it was a very close decision and that Liverpool pushed us all the way with a very compelling proposal. This is not the end of the journey and we look forward to working with the Government as it makes its final decision to support a UK Candidate City.”

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, said:

“The regional support of the Midlands was a key determining factor and I want to thank all those regional agencies and organisations that have worked hard over the last six months to get us to this position. We will make the Commonwealth proud.”

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About the Birmingham 2022 Bid

Sitting at the heart of the UK, and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is well positioned to attract people to the Games and to ensure that the benefits of hosting extend from the city and the region, to the UK, to the Commonwealth. The advancement of the UK’s global role and the Commonwealth movement is integral to our vision of Birmingham: heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth.

Sport Venue
Athletics, incl Para Alexander Stadium
Aquatics, incl Para and Diving New Sandwell Aquatics Centre
Badminton Genting Arena
Basketball (3×3), incl Para Victoria Square
Boxing NEC Hall 1
Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic) Barclaycard Arena
Hockey University of Birmingham
Judo NEC Hall 4
Lawn Bowls, incl Para Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
Netball Ericsson Indoor Arena, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Rugby 7s Villa Park Stadium
Squash University of Birmingham
Table Tennis, incl Para NEC Hall 5
Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Symphony Hall
Wrestling (freestyle) NEC Hall 4

Birmingham’s bid has the full support of the wider Midlands region, including: Birmingham City Council; three regional local enterprise partnerships: Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP; Black Country LEP; Coventry and Warwickshire LEP; the West Midlands Combined Authority and the newly elected Mayor of West Midlands, Andy Street; the West Midlands Growth Company; and the Midlands Engine. In addition, Birmingham’s bid is supported by The Birmingham Commonwealth Association.

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