Birmingham To Lead England's 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid
There has been a search for new host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the city of Birmingham is looking good for it.
This was after South African city-Durban, which originally won the bidding process in 2015, was stripped of hosting rights in March.
Commonwealth Games Federation was not convinced it could successfully host the event.
Liverpool and Birmingham were the two UK cities that expressed early interest and put together competing bids.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has backed Birmingham and the West Midlands city would have to convince the Commonwealth Games Federation it should stage the event.
However, it must first be decided whether to go ahead with a formal bid.
"While both bids were of high quality, Birmingham's bid was considered particularly strong on its management of risk, its high quality existing venue infrastructure and its plans for a long-term sporting legacy," said Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.
"The government will look at the final bid proposal from Birmingham and decide if a formal bid will be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation," she added.
"We need to be completely satisfied that the bid offers overall value for money from hosting the Games and that a strong economic and sporting legacy can be delivered from it."
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is likely to be the main rival.
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