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Birmingham 2022 retains Glasgow experience with CEO appointment

Ian Reid has landed the role of chief executive for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) on a permanent basis, it was confirmed today (Thursday).

Reid has held the role of interim chief executive with the OC since May last year and brings extensive experience of the multi-sport event to the English city’s preparations for its Games.

The Scotsman served as chief financial officer for Glasgow’s staging of the 2014 Games, working on that edition of the event for more than six years.

Reid’s appointment was confirmed by John Crabtree, chair of the OC, who said: “To have someone leading the organising committee, who has first-hand experience of organising an event of this scale, has already been a massive advantage for us.

“For a major international sporting event like this, it’s essential that we have someone of Ian’s calibre leading the team. He played a crucial role in the success of Glasgow and he knows exactly what needs to be done, so I’m delighted to have his continued involvement.”

Birmingham was announced as the new host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in December 2017, a move that will bring the event back to England for the first time in two decades. Birmingham landed the Games after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) removed the hosting rights from Durban in March 2017 amid long-running concerns over the financing of the event in the South African city.

Reid said today: “Over the past eight months it’s been obvious to me that people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands are excited about the fantastic opportunities that hosting the Games provides.

“I’m determined that we will deliver an event that the city, the region and the whole country can be proud of and I’m committed to continuing to work closely with all of our partners to achieve this aim.”

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will feature competition in 17 sports over 11 days in venues across Birmingham, the West Midlands region and beyond, as well as a programme of cultural and business events.