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West Midlands Combined Authority gives green light to Games bid

West Midlands Combined Authority gives green light to Games bid

The West Midlands Combined Authority has given its blessing to Birmingham's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

If successful, the bid would mean significant construction work taking place in the city and region, with major developments including the building of a cycling velodrome in Dudley and a new aquatics centre in Wolverhampton.

The newly-elected metro mayor for the region Andy Street has backed the bid, and has been joined in this by deputy leader of Birmingham City Council Ian Ward ahead of the official notification of the bid. As several boroughs in the metropolitan county will be involved, his backing is important.

Birmingham is set to be joined by Liverpool in bidding and London has also been considering the possibility of seeking to host the Games. However, Manchester has said it will not look to host the event again having done so in 2002.

Mr Street said: "For this bid to be successful, it's important the entire region gets behind it and that’s exactly what we’ve done today.

"I can't think of a more fitting showcase for our resurgent region in 2022 than to host one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

"It was important we were quick out of the blocks on this bid and I would like to congratulate the bid team for the work they have put into getting this ready for submission."

Birmingham had already been preparing a bid for the 2026 Games, which gives it a head start over its rivals. The 2022 event came up for grabs after the planned host Durban withdrew for financial reasons.

As well as having done more planning, Birmingham already has several venues in place. The National Exhibition Centre and the Barclaycard arena in the city centre can host indoor events and the Alexandra Athletics Stadium in the north of the city can be developed to bring it up to the necessary capacity.

Glasgow was the last British host of the Games, in 2014.

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