Sir Lenny Henry, stand-up comedian and Chancellor of Birmingham City University, has released a statement following the announcement that the city of Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022
Bringing the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham will help boost the profile of a city which should not just be recognised on a national scale, but deserves to be a name that resonates around the world.
The city already boasts much of the infrastructure needed to put on an event of this size and scale, and to host the Games will be a real positive for all of us with a connection with this part of the world.
We look back at Birmingham's bid and how it won over the Commonwealth Games Federation with its campaign.
Homegrown Midlands athletes are expressing their joy with Birmingham's successful 2022 Commonwealth bid
The games are expected to cost £750 million.