After a closely contested competition the Gold Coast was tonight (11 November) announced as the City that will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The vote was held at the at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis.  Each of the 70 Commonwealth Games nations and territories attending the AGM voted electronically to determine the host city for the 2018 Games.

It was CGF President Mike Fennell of Jamaica who announced the decision of the delgates, with the Gold Coast winning 43 votes to 27.  Fennell's announcement was his last act as President - he steps down  after 17 years at the helm of the CGF to be succeeded by President Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia

Queensland's Premier, Anna Bligh had admitted earlier today that  it was a nerve-wracking time.  Following the annoucement Ms Bligh said

“Congratulations to the Gold Coast, to Queensland and Australia – we did it!”

“Our united community welcomes these games.

“In 2018 we will be ready to host a unique world- class and friendly event that builds on the Commonwealth brand and enhances our city’s reputation.

“This city will be transformed with new infrastructure and a buzz that only a big international event like this can bring.....2018 is the Gold Coast’s time to shine!”

Ms Bligh paid tribute to Sri Lanka’s bid city Hambantota.
“Make no mistake this was a tough contest and all Queenslanders should be thrilled with the result,” she said.