The Australian city of Adelaide has taken a step closer to launching a bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games after confirming that it will conduct a feasibility study.
The news follows a Commonwealth Games Federation visit to the city in December, after which the CGF declared Adelaide’s infrastructure and hosting capabilities to be already “almost Games-ready”, according to the Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser.
The CGF had originally planned to confirm the host city for 2026 in September of this year, but that decision may now be delayed to allow more bids to progress from the dialogue to the feasibility phase. At present, Adelaide is the only serious contender, although a bid from Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, is also mooted.
Ben Houston, president of Commonwealth Games Australia, said that Adelaide had given itself a “head start” by commissioning the feasibility study at this stage, but added that the body would “continue working with the states and cities interested in hosting the Games in Australia before any decision is made on who a preferred candidate and final bidder will be.”
Should its bid be successful, Adelaide would become the sixth Australian city to host the Games and the second in eight years, after the 2018 edition was held in Gold Coast. Sydney and Perth – which held the Commonwealth Games in 1938 and 1962 respectively – have also showed an interest in bidding for the 2026 edition.
It would also mean that of the last seven editions of the Commonwealth Games, only one – Delhi in 2010 – would have been held outside the UK or Australia. The next edition is set to be held in England’s second city, Birmingham, in 2022.