The government has called on UK cities interested in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games to submit detailed proposals.
The Culture Secretary said the Games could provide the opportunity to show Britain "as an outward-looking nation that is confident on the world stage".
"The British people embrace these events and always give a warm welcome to the world, " Karen Bradley said.
"I would urge cities to consider if they have the desire and capability to stage the Games in 2022 as they could bring benefits not just to their city but across the country."
Bradley also vowed to work with cities and relevant Commonwealth Games Associations on a "detailed assessment" of whether to submit an official bid.
Liverpool has already thrown its hat into the ring as potential host to the event after it was stripped from Durban in March.
Birmingham, London and Manchester are also among the British cities to have expressed an interest in staging the Games.
The Commonwealth Games Federation will study the proposals by all those cities which express formal expressions of interest.
Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto and Kuala Lumpur are among the other cities believed to be considering a bid to stage the event.