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Councillor: Focus should be on local sport, not Commonwealth bid

Birmingham City Councillor Des Flood says grassroots sport should be put first ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2026 bid.

He says the amount of money being spent trying to bring the games to Birmingham could be better used supporting local clubs and young people. Those involved in the bid say it would bring hundreds of millions to the local economy.

  • Hear what he had to say on the Commonwealth bid below.


What would the cast of Spitting Image make of the Commonwealth Games bid?

In the 1980's Birmingham launched a bid to host the 1992 Olympic games - losing out to Barcelona. As the city pressed ahead with attempts to impress the judges, the cast of ITV's Spitting Image launched their own initiative to back the campaign. What would they make of the new attempts to bring one of the worlds greatest sporting events to the second city?

Do you want Birmingham to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games?

It could create thousands of jobs and generate millions of pounds in revenue for local businesses.

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To ensure we can win the bid we must all get behind it, that's the message according to Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward.


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