2026 Commonwealth Games
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Olympic Council of Malaysia President Tunku Imran has revealed the Commonwealth Games Federation's (CGF) inspection visit of Kuala Lumpur is as much about assessing the city's capability for hosting the 2026 event as 2022. Imran suggested that Kuala Lumpur would be willing to wait to enter the race for the 2026 event instead of staging it in 2022. The city staged the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
- Birmingham, England
- Birmingham is planning to bid for the 2026 games. City MPs, sports stars including Olympic medallists Mark Lewis-Francis and Katharine Merry, and former Prime Minister David Cameron have expressed support for the Birmingham bid. The Alexander Stadium, Villa Park, Edgbaston and the Barclaycard Arena will be the bidding venues.
- Liverpool, England
- Liverpool is considering making a bid, but only if funding is available from the UK Government. Mayor Joe Anderson argued that Liverpool could use the Games as ‘a catalyst for regeneration’ across the city region if successful. Anderson has also suggested that a proposed new Everton stadium could play a key part in a Commonwealth Games bid. Liverpool is also listed as potential rest host city for 2022 Commonwealth Games as Durban is near to being stripped from host city place.
- London, England
- In 2015, London Labour Mayoral hopeful Gareth Thomas began attempting to co-ordinate support for a possible bid. In August 2016, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan received a proposal to host the 2026 games in South London. London previously hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics as well as the 1908 and the 1948 editions and will host the semi-finals and final of the UEFA Euro 2020 in Wembley Stadium.
- Edmonton, Canada
- Edmonton is Canada's fifth-largest city and the second-largest city in as well as the capital of the Province of Alberta. It is home to a number of professional sports associations (most notably the Edmonton Eskimos (Canadian) football team and Edmonton Oilers ice hockey team, winners of five Stanley Cups). The 1978 Commonwealth Games, the 1983 Summer Universiade and the 2001 World Championships in Athletics were all held in Edmonton, and the city has also hosted some matches of the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. There are plans to build a new velodrome to replace the aging Argyll Velodrome. The aging Northlands Coliseum was replaced as the city's main indoor venue by the new Rogers Place in 2016, although the older arena remains open. On February 11, 2015, Edmonton announced it was withdrawing its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, citing financial reasons and a global fall in oil prices. The bid team will instead focus on the 2026 event.
- Auckland, New Zealand
- The events arm of Auckland Council has raised the possibility of a bid to host the Commonwealth Games, possibly as early as 2026. Key figures have backed the idea, saying New Zealand needs to take its turn at hosting the Games, which were last held in this country in 1990 in Auckland. Auckland also hosted the 2017 World Master Games.
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Cancelled potential bidsEdit
- Cardiff, Wales
- Cardiff was previously interested in bidding for the 2022 games, with some events to be held in Newport and Swansea, however Cardiff City Council announced they are instead in discussions for a bid for the 2026 games. On 26 July 2016 it was announced that Cardiff will not look to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026. Media reports stated this was due to the uncertain situation regarding Brexit and funding concerns. It was announced on the 27th of May 2017 that the Welsh Government are in "discussions", and considering a joint bid with Birmingham or Liverpool to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, following Durban's rights to host the event being stripped due to financial difficulty. Wales would mainly seek to host outdoor events such as the Triathlon, Rowing or cycling's road race in the 2022 games. A Welsh post 2030 bid is also a possibility.
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