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Midlands athletes 'delighted' with successful 2022 Commonwealth bid

Midlands athletes 'delighted' with successful 2022 bid Photo: PA

Homegrown Midlands athletes are expressing their joy with Birmingham's successful 2022 Commonwealth bid

Some of the Midlands’ most high-profile athletes have told ITV News Central of their delight that Birmingham has been selected to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Mimi-Isabella Cesar is an artistic gymnast and Team England ambassador from Birmingham.

22-year-old artistic gymnast Mimi-Isabella Cesar Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/PA Images

She said:

"For a Games that means so much to an athlete to come to their home town, it's absolutely phenomenal. Words can't describe how much it means to me that it'll be here."

– Mimi-Isabella Cesar

Kal Yafai described the thought of going for Commonwealth Gold in his home city in 2022 as 'tempting'.

Super-flyweight boxer Kal Yafai Credit: Paul Harding/PA Archive/PA Images

The 28-year-old is Birmingham's first boxing world champion in more than 100 years. Yafai suffered heartbreak in 2010 when he fell injured the week before the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

He said:

"If I can make the transition and come back then you never know. It's a bit tempting. You just never know... It's massive that the Commonwealths are coming here. It'll put the city on the map."

– Kal Yafai

Kare Adenagan,16, has already won two Paralympic medals as a wheelchair racer. Some of the events are set to be held in her home city of Coventry.

She said:

"At the time I'll be 21 and I'll be in my prime. It'll be great to show myself at my best and do it in front of a home crowd."

– Kare Adenagan
Kare Adenagan, two-time winning Paralympian Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/PA Images

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