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Could Birmingham be close to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Birmingham looks set to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after it became the only bidder to host the multi-sport competition.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed the British city was the only bid received to host the competition before the deadline on Saturday.

Bid entries were expected from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and an unnamed city in Australia, although no bids had been submitted.

The CGF will now review Birmingham’s bid, with a final decision potentially made before the end of the year.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the CFF, said: “A final decision on the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is expected by the end of the year.

“Bid documentation has been received from Birmingham, England and the CGF will now go through a comprehensive review and feedback process to ensure the bid meets the requirements of successfully hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Durban did win the race to host the 2022 Games back in 2015, although, financial difficulties saw the South African city stripped of its award earlier this year.

Birmingham’s bid has been officially backed by the UK Government which will include financial backing. The expected cost to host the event stands at around £750m, with local authorities having to meet 25% of this figure.

An increased capacity at Birmingham’s Alexandra Stadium – which will make it the largest purpose-built Athletics centre in Britain – as well as a further £400million investment into facilities and infrastructure in Birmingham and the West Midlands is central to the bid.

Events are expected to be staged in sporting venues across the city, with the Alexander Stadium, Villa Park and the NEC poised for use in the games.

If successful, it will be the first time an English city has hosted the games since Manchester in 2002. 

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Images show the Alexander Stadium and Victoria Square, two locations that may be used in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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