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Birmingham gearing up for Games bid

‘SAD’: David Grevemberg

IAN WARD, the deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, has said the area is at an advanced stage of preparation should the oppor- tunity to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games come up sooner than anticipated.

Durban in South Africa was set to be the host for the Games in five years time, but earlier this week, the African country was stripped of the Games by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg said: “We are sad, of course we are, but particularly for the people of South Africa. But, having measured the progress made by Durban 2022 against the bid commit- ments, we felt we had no choice but to take this decision.”

The Voice understands that Birmingham was looking at potentially hosting the 2026 Games, but Ward said in light of the decision by the CGF, things may be brought forward.

“We are aware of the decision from the Commonwealth Games Federation to seek a new host for the 2022 Games,” he said. “We are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memora- ble games in the city.

“That is due to be completed in the coming weeks and we are in close contact with the government about the developing situation.”

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