Birmingham chosen as United Kingdom bid to host Commonwealth Games 2020

Birmingham chosen as United Kingdom bid to host Commonwealth Games 2020

The cost of staging the event is expected to reach at least £750m - making it the most expensive sports event in Britain since London 2012.

Birmingham will be hoping to have the opportunity to show the world that the U.K.'s second largest city is more than equipped to host an global multi-sporting event, as did Manchester in 2002 and Glasgow in 2014.

The CGF also says interest has been expressed from Canada, Malaysia and Australia.

The UK Government has agreed to back Birmingham's bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and guarantee costs that Press Association Sport understands could total £750million.

"A Commonwealth Games in Birmingham would give the West Midlands an opportunity to present itself as the face of modern Britain". "It would showcase the best of Britain to the world and make the entire country proud".

But it could provide a welcome post-Brexit boost for the United Kingdom economy and make a huge statement as the country seeks to reposition itself on the world stage.

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The Birmingham bid will use venues in Solihull, Coventry, Sandwell and Leamington Spa.

Bradley said the focus would be on ensuring "maximum value for money for the taxpayer" from what was a "low-risk, high-quality proposition" with 95 percent of the venues already in existence.

Durban in South Africa won the bidding process in 2016, but it was stripped of the even in March because it did not meet the criteria. "We anticipate that the collaborations will continue thereafter and a final decision on the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is expected by the end of the year".

Sports minister Tracey Crouch said the bid was "a real opportunity for Birmingham, a real opportunity for the West Midlands and a real opportunity for the United Kingdom to showcase itself as hosting these major worldwide events across the world".

Birmingham is so far the only city to formally declare their intention to bid ahead of Saturday's deadline - with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Victoria, Canada also potential bidders.

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