The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England. The city has hosted the games twice before, in 1958 and 1974. It is one of only four cities to have ever hosted this event twice (the others being Vancouver, Canada; Delhi, India; and Edinburgh, Scotland). As such, it offers a great opportunity for legacy projects and other benefits that can affect the health of residents across the region—including improved mental health conditions among young people.
Birmingham 2022 Bids and Legacy
Birmingham 2022 is a legacy of the Commonwealth Games. The city will become the first in the UK to host a Commonwealth Games since Manchester in 2002, and it’s also set to be the first ever held outside London.
According to Monk, the UK government has said it wants Birmingham 2022 to be “transformational” for the city, with £300 million invested into infrastructure improvements and £1 billion in total investment over six years after hosting its first event (in time for 2019).
The Birmingham 2022 Bid Team is the organization responsible for the bid. It was formed in 2015 and consists of representatives from all the areas that would benefit from hosting an event at the Games.
The Bid Committee has been tasked with creating a proposal that will outline how they think Birmingham could host such a large-scale sporting event, while also outlining why it should be chosen over other potential venues such as Manchester or London.
Commonwealth Games Bidding Process
The bidding process for the 2022 Commonwealth Games was launched in December 2016, with Birmingham City Council being named as the preferred candidate by CGF. It was confirmed that Birmingham would host the 2022 event in November 2017.
Commonwealth Games Sport Legacy
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a catalyst for the growth of the sport in the West Midlands. It will inspire a generation of athletes and volunteers, with many young people being inspired by their own experiences at this event to join local clubs and start playing sports themselves.
Birmingham 2022 is an exciting bid that we think has a lot of potential for the city. We’re looking forward to working with our partners and stakeholders throughout the bid process and beyond, so get involved if you want in! Do let us know your views about the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the comments down below.
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