Reports that London is guaranteed to put forward a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been played down by Commonwealth Games England chief executive Adam Paker.
In May, mayor of London Boris Johnson fuelled speculation when he told press he would support a bid. He added that a 2022 Commonwealth Games in London would be value-for-money given much of the infrastructure is in place as a legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.
"No decision has been taken so I have no idea yet whether we [an English city] will bid [to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games]. The press certainly seem to think it's a good idea…it's something we need to consult widely on and we've only just started the process," Paker told SportBusiness International.
"A lot of the speculation has been around London, but we are [Commonwealth Games] England, we aren't London…it's our remit to think broadly and consider all options…clearly there is an appetite and confidence in this country to host sports events."
The Commonwealth Games Federation has not yet revealed the bidding process for 2022, however if previous timeframes are repeated, it will open the bidding process this Christmas and give national Commonwealth federations until March 31 to submit a bid, in addition to a non-refundable deposit of $100,000.