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World class venues play key role in CG 2022 decision

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THE WEALTH of existing sports arenas and facilities in the West Midlands has been a key factor in awarding Birmingham host city status for Commonwealth Games 2022.

Four world-class indoor venues will be supplied by leading venue management company, NEC Group – whose senior team played a pivotal role in the bid process. There are also plans for the Group to host both a media centre and a dedicated broadcast facility.

Commenting on the results, Paul Thandi, chief executive of NEC Group, said: “It’s a brilliant early Christmas present to get confirmation that Birmingham has been selected as host city. Host cities are required to demonstrate world-class sporting facilities and NEC Group is proud to be supplying four of our top venues across Birmingham and Solihull.

"All our sites had to meet rigorous guidelines around athletes’ needs, technical specifications, seating capacity and Games-time logistics.

“This result is testament to our track record of delivering large-scale international sporting events and investing significantly into our venues to set us apart from our competitors. It also reflects the expertise and professionalism of our people.

“Securing the bid is great news for the city and surrounding area and great news for NEC Group. It’s a celebration of Birmingham’s sporting culture and equally exciting for the local economy – creating opportunities for people across the region and guaranteeing that Summer 2022 will be a busy period for us.

“This has been a great team effort by many people based in Birmingham and on the wider team. I would particularly like to congratulate Birmingham Council City Leader Cllr Ian Ward and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street as well as our own MD of NEC Group Arenas, Phil Mead, international sports consultant Debbie Jevans and Birmingham City Council Corporate Director Waheed Nazir.”

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