Govt confirms Birmingham bid for 2022 CWG


LONDON: Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games was submitted on Saturday after the British government gave the green light.
The central English city could end up as sole bidder, with Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and the Canadian city of Victoria sending mixed signals about their interest and ability to pay for the event.
Karen Bradley, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said Birmingham could count on full official backing. “The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham would be brilliant,” Bradley said in a statement ahead of Saturday’s bid deadline. “It would showcase the best of Britain to the world and make the entire country proud.”
Bradley said the Games would also help the regional economy and leave a strong sports legacy by upgrading facilities for elite athletes and the local community. The Games were awarded in 2015 to the South African city of Durban, which was stripped of the hosting rights last March after failing to agree to financial guarantees and losing government support. The Commonwealth Games Federation executive board meets in Sri Lanka next month with a new host expected to be announced by the end of the year.