Birmingham has been selected as the preferred UK candidate city for a potential bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Federation judges picked Birmingham ahead of rival city Liverpool to become the host bid.
If the bid passes a final stage of assessment then a formal bid will be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation in the coming weeks.
The competition to host the Games was opened up after the event was stripped from Durban in South Africa earlier this year.
Other countries who could put forward cities to host the event include Australia, Canada and Malaysia.