On Thursday 7th of September, UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selected Birmingham ahead of rival Liverpool as England’s candidate to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
ORIGIN Sports Group were engaged by the Birmingham City Council since the earliest stages of the Commonwealth Games bidding process to lead the development and delivery of Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 edition of the games. Led by Debbie Jevans, the team and our key partners were able to impress the panel with a very convincing proposal, which was praised for its management of risk, its high quality existing venue infrastructure and its plan for a long-term legacy.
We are thrilled that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport see Birmingham as the best partner to bring the Commonwealth Games to England in 2022 and we are keen to continue this journey with Birmingham to achieve this.
Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bid Committee, said: "This is a great endorsement by the UK Government of Birmingham’s credentials to host the Games and recognition of the city’s resolve to deliver a memorable event.
"We appreciate that it was a very close decision and that Liverpool pushed us all the way with a very compelling proposal. This is not the end of the journey and we look forward to working with the Government as it makes its final decision to support a UK Candidate City."
Subject to the Government’s final approval of the bid, Birmingham is most likely to face Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur in the final run to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands: “The regional support of the Midlands was a key determining factor and I want to thank all those regional agencies and organisations that have worked hard over the last six months to get us to this position. We will make the Commonwealth proud.”
Cllr John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, added: "This is great news for Birmingham and the West Midlands, and I’d like to thank Cllr Ian Ward and his team for all of their hard work in putting together the bid.
We now have a golden opportunity to convince the Government that Birmingham can deliver the best ever Commonwealth Games in 2022, and that is exactly what we intend to do. »