Birmingham to discover Commonwealth Games decision by end of year

Birmingham is likely to be the only city bidding to host the Games

The U.K. Government "agreed to back Birmingham's bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and guarantee costs" that could total £750M ($1.03B), according to the London TELEGRAPH.

The United Kingdom's Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced on Friday that Birmingham is to be the UK's official choice to host in 2022.

"Our focus now is to work alongside Birmingham's excellent bid team and Commonwealth Games England to put forward the strongest possible bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation, while ensuring that we get maximum value for money for the taxpayer", she said.

"At its board meeting in Sri Lanka on 5 and 6 October, the CGF executive board will receive an update on the current status of the 2022 selection process".

Australia had also admitted interest to a bid in April, according to the CGF.

The Games have been held in New Zealand three times; 1990 in Auckland, 1974 in Christchurch and 1950 in Auckland as the British Empire Games.

Earlier this month, Birmingham beat out Liverpool as the country's candidate city and has now convinced the United Kingdom government to approve the bid and underwrite much of its cost. It would showcase the best in Britain to the world and make the entire country proud.

The government is backing the bid, saying that hosting the Games would provide value for the public money that would be invested and have benefits for Birmingham, the West Midlands and the United Kingdom as a whole.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch said the bid was "a real opportunity for Birmingham, a real opportunity for the West Midlands and a real opportunity for the United Kingdom to showcase itself as hosting these major global events across the world".

Birmingham bid for the 1992 Olympic Games but was soundly defeated by four other cities in a six bid race that was won by Barcelona, Spain.

"The support of the United Kingdom government is a great endorsement of our bid and we are excited about finalising our submission and edging closer to the opportunity to bring the Games to Birmingham".

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

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