UK government calls on cities to present 2022 Commonwealth Games plans
The UK government has today formally invited cities to submit proposals for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
There is interest from the English cities of Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and London in staging the games after Durban in South Africa was stripped of the hosting rights last month having failed to meet criteria demanded by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
In a statement today, the UK's Department of Culture, Media and Sport said the government would begin working with interested cities and their relevant Commonwealth Games Associations on preparing a “detailed assessment of whether Britain can step in to host the event.”
The assessment includes consideration of the games’ economic benefits, such as international trade, investment and tourism opportunities, and the potential infrastructure and major event delivery experience of each city.
The government has said it will consider multi-city proposals, as well as applications from individual cities, and will complete the assessment process later this year, ahead of a decision on whether to mount a bid.
In a break from tradition, Commonwealth Games Associations will be able to put forward more than one city for consideration, albeit government support will be a necessity after the problems with Durban.
Interested UK cities which require more information on the process are invited to contact CG2022@culture.gov.uk
Birmingham and Liverpool had already put their names forward to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games before Durban was dropped as the host of the 2022 event.
Last week, Liverpool formally launched its campaign to host either the 2022 or 2026 games, and revealed that its bid would be chaired by Brian Barwick, an experienced sports executive.
Nearby Manchester, which staged the 2002 Commonwealth Games, has yet to launch a bid itself.
Last month, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, seemed to rule out a potential bid from the UK capital, but the city is thought to be considering its options following the success of the 2012 Olympic Games and as it prepares to host this year's World Athletics Championships.
Outside England, there is thought to be some interest from Australian cities in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow in Scotland staged the last games in 2014.
The CGF has said it expects to appoint a new host for the 2022 games before the next edition in Gold Coast, Australia next year.