The following statement is issued by Commonwealth Games England Chief Executive Paul Blanchard in reaction to today’s announcement from UK Government regarding the Commonwealth Games in 2022:

“Commonwealth Games England welcomes the announcement from UK Government that it will work with interested cities and the relevant Commonwealth Games Associations on a detailed assessment of whether Britain can host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

"This country is one of the best in the world at delivering major sporting events. We have a strong and positive relationship with UK Government and major stakeholders including Sport England and UK Sport. We look forward to working with the all relevant parties in this process.”