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Liverpool targets 2026 Commonwealth Games

The English city of Liverpool is considering a bid to host the 2026 edition of the Commonwealth Games multi-sport event.

The city’s Mayor, Joe Anderson, outlined the plans in a letter to the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale. In the letter, Anderson cited the city’s successful year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 as a reason why Liverpool would be a suitable host city.

The letter added that the “potential benefits of hosting the Games would disperse widely around the Liverpool City-Region as well as the wider North West of England.”

Anderson, who will next month stand for re-election as Mayor of Liverpool, concluded the letter by stating that his team would begin assessing potential sites, costs and infrastructure should he retain his position.

“I am ambitious for the future of our city and I think we have an enormous amount to offer including a track record of delivering big-ticket events and a brilliant sporting heritage,” Anderson said, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

“But we’re also a city with a window on the world and I think multi-national, multi-ethnic Liverpool reflects the values of co-operation and solidarity that now lie at the heart of the games.”

Liverpool council bosses last year opted against submitting a bid for the Games but Anderson has long been a supporter of the idea. He added: “There are never any guarantees with these bids, but we will be pushing hard to make our case and I am seeking a meeting with the relevant government ministers to begin the process.”

In February, the leader of Plaid Cymru said that the Welsh political party would bid for the country to host the Games in 2026 or 2030, as well as future stages of cycling’s Tour de France. Leanne Wood said the party would press ahead with the plans if elected into power next month.

The UK staged the last edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, when Glasgow in Scotland played host. Australia’s Gold Coast region will stage the next edition of the Games in 2018, with Durban in South Africa penciled in as the host city in 2022.