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.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch praised Birmingham’s bid, saying it was extremely ‘compelling’.
A total of 20 sports will take place across 15 venues, and the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow saw a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.
Just one venue would need to be completed before the second city was ready to take on the games: the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
Other venues which would include the Alexander Stadium for athletics and Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa for lawn bowls.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said Birmingham would put on a “brilliant" games.
If Birmingham were to host the games, it would have a huge impact on the city and the West Midlands.
When Glasgow hosted the Games back in 2014, the event attracted around 690,000 visitors, generating an extra £100 million to the city’s economy.
Visitors spent an average of £98 a day during the event and hotel occupancy is thought to have reached 95% during the two weeks of the event.