Birmingham moves a step closer to bidding for 2022 Commonwealth Games after passing initial inspection

Birmingham has moved a step closer to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games after it joined Liverpool in passing an initial inspection.

The two cities welcomed an independent assessment panel, as well as members of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport in recent weeks.

The panel has said both locations have developed a clear initial vision, meaning both will now carry out more work around the funding and delivery of the games.

A recommendation will then be made to the Government in September.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “It is right that a proper and rigorous assessment is carried out before we decide if a formal bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is submitted.

“I’ve been encouraged by the commitment and enthusiasm that both Birmingham and Liverpool have demonstrated so far in the process, but it will be crucial that their final plans demonstrate good value for money, how they would leave a lasting legacy and showcase the best of Britain.

“We have a great track record of hosting the biggest events in sport in the UK and I am sure that if we were to host the Games in 2022 the British people would give a warm welcome to the world and get right behind the event.”

Birmingham is hoping the decision by the USA and Jamaican athletics teams to host training camps in the city ahead of the 2017 IAAF World Championships could go in its favour.

Plans have also been drawn up to redevelop the Alexander Stadium in time for the 2022 event.

Commonwealth Games England chief executive Paul Blanchard said: “An English Commonwealth Games in 2022 would be an inspirational event and create a lasting legacy for the whole country.

“Five years ago this week, the country was gripped by London 2012, the best Olympic and Paralympic Games ever staged. Then in 2014 the UK hosted the memorable Commonwealth Games in Glasgow showing beyond doubt what a spectacular success an English games would be.

“Birmingham and Liverpool have two fantastic sets of plans and either city would stage a games to remember for athletes and spectators alike.

“There is still a huge amount of work to be done by both Government and the cities themselves but what we have seen so far promises some very exciting times ahead.”

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