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20 Dec 2017
Birmingham set to win bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham is set to be officially announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games tomorrow (21 December).

Multiple reports state a deal between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the DCMS and Birmingham City Council has been struck, with a press conference scheduled tomorrow at Perry Bar to be attended by CGF President Louise Martin.

Birmingham was the only interested city to submit a bid before the original deadline of 30 but was deemed "not fully compliant" by the CGF.

The body extended the deadline to 30 November to encourage fresh bids from Birmingham, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry.

Earlier this month the CGF reiterated it needed "further clarification on issues" before choosing a host city.

Domestically, Birmingham saw off competition from Liverpool to become the UK’s candidate for the Games, with the 11-day event valued at £750m to the economy.

The win will see major development underway across the city’s sports facilities, including the upgrade of Alexander Stadium at Perry Barr, which will make it the UK's largest permanent athletics stadium, and a new competition-standard pool in Sandwell.

The bid was supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority, several business investment groups and the city’s sports industry, helping to resolve issues over hotel tax and land ownership issues around the athletes’ village site.

The government will pay 75 per cent of the bill, with the rest coming from the Birmingham backers. The council has pledged a hotel tax to raise money without tapping into the its main services budget.

The South African city of Durban was originally awarded the Games in 2015 but was stripped of the event in March this year because it did not meet the criteria.

The Games were last held in England in 2002, in Manchester.


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17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
04 Dec 2018
Inaugural Sporting Champions awards handed out as part of athlete talent scheme
The inaugural Sporting Champions awards have been held to highlight the successes of a talent development programme that aims to help athletes at all stages of their careers.
03 Dec 2018
Mandarin Oriental encourages guests to disconnect with 'Silent Night' event
Mandarin Oriental has announced that it will host its annual 'Silent Night' event on 12 December.
29 Nov 2018
Glion Institute to host conference on technology and wellness
The Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland will host a three-day conference on Innovation and Technology, and what it means for the spa and wellness industry.
29 Nov 2018
Marcus Buckingham to deliver keynote speech at ISPA Conference
The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced that Marcus Buckingham will be the day two General Session keynote at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo, on 12 September in Las Vegas. Buckingham is a leading authority and best-selling author on employee productivity and best practices of leadership and management.
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