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Commonwealth Games Federation President praises B'Ham

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THE "COMPREHENSIVE" Commonwealth Games Candidate City proposal submitted by Birmingham has come in for particular praise from the Commonwealth Games Federation President, Louise Martin.

Commenting on the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia, where the likes of Britain’s Asha Philip hope to be competing, Martin also took time to salute the bid made by Birmingham as the administrative team for the Commonwealth Games looks to the future beyond 2018. Martin, CBE, said:

“In just six months’ time we will be at the heart of a thrilling sporting spectacle on Australia’s Gold Coast.”

She added:

“We are inspired and impressed by the detailed preparations for the next edition of the Commonwealth Games and have approved the creative concepts for the Gold Coast 2018 Opening and Closing Ceremonies and welcomed this week’s completion of the Athletes’ Village.

“We are also working hard to find the best possible solution to ensure a successful Games after Gold Coast and a continued commitment to host community legacies.

“I must congratulate the Birmingham Bid team for the work that has been undertaken in preparing a comprehensive proposal for 2022. We have carefully reviewed the bids and updates received as part of the ongoing 2022 Candidate City Process and have agreed - noting the challenging timescales and no fully compliant bid - that further time should be given to all interested parties to enable the submission of fully compliant proposals.”

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