Birmingham will host Commonwealth Games 2022

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham in 2022, it has been confirmed.

Louise Martin, president of the games, made the announcement at the Area Academy in Birmingham this morning.

The games were last held in the UK in 2014, when they took place in Glasgow.

They have an estimated budget of £750m.

Birmingham is the replacement host city for Durban, South Africa, which was stripped of the event over financial problems.

The Games federation initially said the Midlands city’s plans were not “fully compliant”, but they have since been approved.

Louise Martin announced Birmingham's win at the Arena Academy

Image: Louise Martin announced Birmingham’s win at the Arena Academy

Ms Martin CBE said: “We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement – it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city. With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth, and so the Commonwealth Sports Movement looks forward to collaborating with all the Games partners to showcase the city’s humanity and pride to a global audience over the coming months and years.”

Durban won their bid for the games in 2015, but the city was stripped last year over financial difficulties.

Birmingham and Liverpool went head-to-head to win government backing, with the West Midlands city coming out on top.

It was the only city to submit a bid to host the 2022 games, but it has had to wait three months to have its victory confirmed.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) extended its deadline by two months to November to encourage more bids, but they did not materialise.

The announcement was met with cheers from the schoolchildren

Image: The announcement was met with cheers from the schoolchildren

There were then concerns from the CGF about the city’s bid, particularly over the government’s pledge to finance 75% of the £750m bill, and the city council’s plan to raise the remainder.

Birmingham has been at the centre of a dispute about female council staff’s pay and seen rubbish build up in its streets in a battle with binmen over pay, but is understood to have given assurances to the government and the CGF.

The city council hopes to create an athlete’s village in Perry Barr, home to Alexandra Stadium, which will be expanded to host the events and ceremonies.

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