The English city of Birmingham will not find out whether it has been successful in its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games until at least December 6 after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed it has received “updates” from other parties interested in staging the multi-sport event.
Birmingham was the only city to submit a formal bid by the original deadline of September 30, but the CGF said that the proposal was “not fully compliant” and opted to extend the deadline to November 30.
Birmingham’s bid remains the only formal offer on the table, despite rumoured interest from a number of other cities. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a possible Australian bid were said to be in the running before the initial deadline expired, but no other proposals were put forward.
However, the CGF announced today (Friday) that updates have been sent in from Australia, Canada and Malaysia, as well as England, after the secondary deadline passed yesterday. The CGF said it intends to issue an update on the bid process after a board meeting next week.
In a statement, the CGF said: “The CGF wishes to thank all four countries for the interest that they have shown in hosting the Commonwealth Games.
“In terms of next steps, the CGF Executive Board will receive an update from the CGF Evaluation Panel and the CGF Review Team at its meeting on December 6. An update regarding the selection of a host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be provided following the board meeting.”
Ian Ward, Birmingham city council leader and chair of the Birmingham 2022 bid, responded positively to the statement, saying that the city remains the “ideal host” for the Games.
“We have had a number of productive meetings with the CGF as we demonstrate that Birmingham, being at the heart of the UK and the soul of the Commonwealth, would make the ideal host for the 2022 Games,” Ward said, according to the BBC. “We look forward to a decision from the CGF in the near future.”
Durban in South Africa was originally awarded the 2022 Games in 2015, but the CGF withdrew hosting rights from the city in March amid financial concerns.