CGF to announce new host for Commonwealth Games 2026 as Australia withdraws

Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has announced its plans to reveal the host for the 2026 Commonwealth Games in May. This decision came after the CGF received multiple proposals to stage the event. The details of these proposals are currently confidential.

The Commonwealth Games, established in 1930 as the British Empire Games, is a significant international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The Games have been hosted by various nations, including Australia, Canada, England, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.

How have things changed ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2026?

The 2026 Games were initially planned to be hosted by Victoria, Australia. However, Victoria withdrew from the plans in July 2023, citing escalating costs. The decision to cancel the Games was a significant one, costing the state 589 million Australian dollars. The CGF and Victoria state agreed on a compensation package to help offset costs for the next hosts.

“Significant progress has been made and we are excited by the early concepts, which aim to reset and reframe the Games,” the CGF said in a statement following its April meeting.

“We are working collaboratively with the relevant (members) to undertake further detailed assessments, and aim to announce the 2026 Commonwealth Games host in May,” the statement added.

The CGF is now focusing on transforming the Games to reduce costs and make the events more sustainable. The Federation is excited by the early concepts of the new proposals, which aim to reset and reframe the Games. The CGF is working collaboratively with the relevant members to undertake further detailed assessments.

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