England has demonstrated the potential to mount a strong bid for the Commonwealth Games as the cities of Birmingham and Liverpool have submitted the first phase of their applications to be considered UK bidder for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Both cities launched their bid logos and plans to widespread fanfare bringing the prospect of the first English Commonwealth Games in 20 years one step closer.
Over the next few months, the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit, established by the Department for Culture Media and Sport in conjunction with Commonwealth Games England will assess the merits of each city and judge whether or not a bid represents best value for money for the country.
Liverpool have announced innovative plans for hosting swimming as well as taking long jump and triple jump outside of the athletics arena. Birmingham have set out how the array of top quality indoor arenas in the city could play host to the likes of badminton, weightlifting and table tennis.
The decision on a new host for the 2022 Games will be made by the Commonwealth Games Federation by the end of the year.
Commonwealth Games Chief Executive Paul Blanchard said “An English Commonwealth Games in 2022 would represent an amazing opportunity for a host city, for English athletes and for the country as a whole.
“The initial plans from Birmingham and Liverpool show that England has the potential to host a superb Commonwealth Games in 2022.
“We will be working closely with Government over the coming months to ensure that any decision is taken in the best interest of the cities and the UK as a whole."
You can find out more about each of the bids below
www.birmingham2022.com / @BirminghamCG22
http://www.liverpoolcg22.org/ / @LiverpoolCG22