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Team England unveiled for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Next year's Commonwealth Games squad hoping for gold on Australia's Gold Coast was announced in Birmingham today.

The 75 strong 'Team England' features several athletes from the Midlands. and those who also train here.

Many were at the unveiling event at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium today, which could be transformed if the city's bid for the 2022 games get the go ahead. Chris Halpin reports.


Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid decision date

From top (left): The NEC, Villa Park, Alexander Stadium and University of Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central / BPM Media

Teams behind the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 bid should know by the end of the year if it has been successful.

It was the only one submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) before today's deadline.

The CGF said there are "continued expressions of interest and support from Canada, Malaysia and Australia". They will now review Birmingham's bid to make sure it meets all the hosting requirements needed for the Games.

"Bid documentation has been received from Birmingham, England and the CGF will now go through a comprehensive review and feedback process to ensure the bid meets the requirements of successfully hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

There have also been continued expressions of interest and support from Canada, Malaysia and Australia. At its Board Meeting in Sri Lanka on 5 and 6 October, the CGF Executive Board will receive an update on the current status of the 2022 selection process.

A final decision on the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is expected by the end of the year.”

– David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation

Other cities bought 'extravagant gifts' during 1992 Birmingham Olympic bid

On the day it was confirmed that Birmingham had won government backing to submit a bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, we look back at the city's bid for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Here the bid's co-ordinator, Richard Callicott, shows us how Birmingham's gifts to International Olympic Committee officials were very different to other cities.


Could this be Birmingham's star at the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

17-year-old Abazz Shayaam-Smith is an up and coming triple jump athlete. She lives nearby to the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr and is relishing the opportunity to compete in her home city if Birmingham are granted to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

'Birmingham is the best candidate for the Commonwealth Games'

Richard Callicott who was the co-ordinator for Birmingham's unsuccessful bid to host the 1992 Olympic Games believes the City are the front runners to stage the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

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