Birmingham beats Liverpool in UK's Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

Birmingham beats Liverpool in UK's Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

Birmingham has won the race to be named Great Britain's candidate to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ahead of rival Liverpool.

The Commonwealth Federation judges picked Birmingham ahead of its northern neighbour after paying a visit to both cities last month.

Birmingham must now go head-to-head with other Commonwealth cities in Australia, Canada and Malaysia to be named host the official host.

Liverpool and Birmingham made bids for the Commonwealth Games after Durban, South Africa, was stripped of the event after financial constraints hindered the progress of their proposed bid.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner said: “It is brilliant news that the government have chosen Birmingham over Liverpool to be the UK’s candidate city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“It has been a long, hard contest so far and it is great that we have got the nod to go forward.

“The race isn’t over yet – we have still got to compete against a few other cities across the Commonwealth to host the Games in 2022.

“But this is a huge step forward. It is a massive vote of confidence from the government in Birmingham and in the whole region.

“A lot of hard work has been put in from many stakeholders across the region to get this far.

“Now we encourage everyone to get behind the bid, put our best foot forward and make sure the Commonwealth Games does come to Birmingham in 2022.”

Athletics legend Brendan Foster, part of the team that presented Birmingham’s bid, also expressed his delight at the news.

He said: “I’m delighted but not all surprised that Birmingham is to go forward as the UK’s city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“It’s the right time, in the right place, in a city that has all the facilities in place.

“I’m convinced that Birmingham can take the next step and be awarded the Games. And when they are, they’ll have the opportunity to host the best ever Commonwealth Games.”

Should Birmingham's bid be successful, the Alexander Stadium will be upgraded into a 40,000-seat arena.

The 9000-seat Genting Arena would host badminton and Arena Birmingham artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.

Symphony Hall would be home to weight lifting and para-powerlifting and three halls at the NEC would also be used.

Liverpool’s Mayor, Joe Anderson, tweeted out: "Liverpool has lost its bid to host Commonwealth Games 2022 thanks to my team #proud.

"Congratulations and good luck Birmingham - wish you well."