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Birmingham 2022: What now?

Fireworks are set off as the final performance takes place during the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images
  • By Michael Sibert - Commonwealth Games Correspondent on the Gold Coast

So that's it. Birmingham is the official Commonwealth Games host city. As the Gold Coast's journey to hosting these games ends, Birmingham's is just beginning.

During the two weeks in Australia we've had a flavour of how Birmingham will sell these games, and our city, to the world. They want it to be a celebration of youth and diversity.

At a press conference before the closing ceremony, they told the assembled world's media that Birmingham was the home of the balti, heavy metal and modern bangra.

But the team behind the games have also had a taste of controversy. They faced difficult questions about holding cycling in London and about the exclusion of shooting from the sports programme. There are likely to be more bumps to navigate over the next four years.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street said:

The city is enjoying a financial and cultural revival. This is a great opportunity to show ourselves to the world.

Manchester did a brilliant job of that in 2002 and now it's our chance.

This will be three years after Brexit and it's a great chance to show that Britain is open for business.

– Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

The first big task is to put together an organising committee. At the moment there are many different organisations working together; Birmingham City Council, Commonwealth Games England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to name just three. There's no clear leadership or figurehead. Expect an announcement in the next few months.

Full details for the expected cost of the Games is expected later in the year and in the autumn there will also be a final list of the sports that will be contested.

Whether there is any movement on the exclusion of shooting, which has caused uproar from some Commonwealth countries, will be interesting to see.

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The ten experts from the Midlands who have been on the Gold Coast on fact-finding missions at these Games will start to accelerate the preparations when they return and the time scale is truncated.

Most cities have 7 years to prepare for an event like this. Birmingham have just 4. On 27th July 2022 the games will begin again.