The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the international organisation responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, has extended the deadline for bids to host the 2022 edition of the multi-sport event.
The decision was made after the English city of Birmingham’s application was deemed ‘not fully compliant’, despite being the only city to submit to host the competition before the original 30th September deadline.
CGF president Louise Martin has since announced a new deadline of 30th November in an effort to encourage a rival bid. Durban originally won the bidding process in 2015, but the South African city was stripped of the event earlier this year because it did not meet the criteria set out by the CGF.
“I must congratulate the Birmingham bid team for the work that has been undertaken in preparing a comprehensive proposal for 2022,” Martin said. “We have carefully reviewed the bids and updates received as part of the ongoing 2022 candidate city process and have agreed - noting the challenging timescales and no fully compliant bid - that further time should be given to all interested parties to enable the submission of fully compliant proposals.”
Birmingham beat Liverpool in September to be Britain’s candidate city, and its bid has also been backed by the government, which promised to provide the majority of the funding required to host the Games, thought to be around UK£750 million.
In response to the CGF’s ruling, Commonwealth Games England chief executive Paul Blanchard said he remains confident that the Midlands city is capable of hosting the event.
“It was a huge effort to put such a comprehensive bid together in such a short timescale,” Blanchard said. “We've always said that even though Birmingham was the only city to submit a bid there would still be a few hurdles to clear before a decision was made on formally awarding the Games.”