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Government backs Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

The government has backed Birmingham’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham is now one step closer to hosting the Commonwealth Games after the government officially backed its bid.

The deadline for other countries to submit their bid to host the 2022 games is on Saturday, and so far only Birmingham has put itself forward.

Even if no other city bids for the games, there will still be a period of due diligence where the Commonwealth Games Federation will check Birmingham’s bid is viable.

A formal decision isn’t expected until November.

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Commonwealth Games Clyde mascot statue stolen

One of the Commonwealth Games Clyde mascot statues has been stolen from its plinth in Glasgow, Police Scotland tweeted.

The popular figure went missing sometime between Wednesday afternoon and early this morning, they said on their Facebook page.

Anyone with information on its whereabouts should contact Govan Police Office on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Details can be given in confidence.

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Kylie thanks Glasgow 2014 for an 'amazing night'

Kylie performed her biggest hits including Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Credit: PA

Pop princess Kylie thanked Glasgow for an "amazing night" after closing the Commonwealth Games and said it was an "honour" to be there.

She tweeted:

Kylie wows Glasgow as Commonwealth Games close

Australian singer Kylie took to the stage in a spectacular finale of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, delighting the packed Hampden stadium.

Glasgow Games 'set the bar high'

Glasgow had "set the bar very high" for the city of Gold Coast in Australia who will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to Queensland Queensland tourism minister Jann Stuckey.

She said: "Thank you for welcoming us into your homes and your hearts. "Congratulations on delivering a Commonwealth Games that epitomised the spirit and passion of sport."

Receiving the flag of the Commonwealth Games, Tom Tate, mayor of city of Gold Coast, said: "I am honoured to receive this flag on behalf of the people of City of Gold Coast, Australia."

He added: "We accept this responsibility with great pride and in the spirit of the Commonwealth Games."

Games raises almost £5 million for Unicef charity

Almost £5 million has been raised for the children's charity Unicef as a result of the Commonwealth Games.

James McAvoy (left) and Sir Chris Hoy (centre) at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Credit: PA

A live appeal by the actor James McAvoy and Olympian Chris Hoy during the opening ceremony got the ball rolling with almost £3.7 million donated.

A further £1.2 million was raised through the partnership between Unicef, Glasgow 2014 and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) before the Games, with the remainder coming from continued fundraising throughout 11 days of competition.

The charity said the money will allow them to achieve the ambition of reaching every child in every Commonwealth country in a range of ways, including using sport and education in Malawi to engage with young people and help reduce HIV infection.

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