Plaid Cymru leader targets Commonwealth Games, Tour de France

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said that the Welsh political party will bid for the country to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 or 2030 and stages from cycling’s Tour de France, if it is elected into power this year.

Wales’ National Party will be one of several political parties that will feature in the country’s elections in May. Wood said in a statement on the Plaid Cymru website: “Plaid Cymru wants to harness the excitement and ambition that comes with our nation's great sporting successes, and prove that we can not only produce world-class athletes but also act as a world-class for some of the greatest championships and tournaments on earth.

“We will develop a Commonwealth Games bid with Wales as the host nation in 2026/2030 – something that would not only have the potential to inspire a whole generation to get involved in sports but also secure a welcome boost for our tourism sector.

"We will also bid to bring the Tour de France to Wales, for both men and women, and work with sports associations and the tourist industry to identify other opportunities for Wales to act as hosts.”

Following Glasgow’s of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the multi-sport event will travel to Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018 before being hosted by the South African city of Durban in 2022.