Birmingham has thrown its hat in the ring for the 2026 Commonwealth Games


Birmingham has declared its intention to launch a bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

It's by no means the first British city to join the race: Liverpool also has its sights set on being the first English city to host the Games since Manchester in 2002.

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The leader of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy, said: "Birmingham is a fantastic sporting city and we have proven ourselves to be warm, welcoming and friendly hosts to a number of international events in recent years.

"In addition to the huge economic impact, these events showcase the very best of our city and wider region to the world.

"I hope that we get to do that yet again in 2026 and you can be sure the Games would be a huge success in Birmingham."

Birmingham is no stranger to hosting international sport competitions. In the next two years it will stage cricket's ICC Champions Trophy and the World Indoor Athletics Championships in the next two years.

Other cities keen to host the 2026 Games include Auckland, Edmonton and Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The last Commonwealth Games was held in Glasgow.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
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But we'll have a while to wait before that - in the meantime we can look forward to the 2018 Games on Australia's Gold Coast and the 2022 event which will be in Durban, South Africa.