Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) welcomes today’s announcement by the South Australian Government to commence a feasibility study into a potential Adelaide bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
CGA President Ben Houston said: “Commonwealth Games Australia wants to see the Games return to Australia, it’s important for our athletes and our member sports. As we have seen recently on the Gold Coast, hosting the Games can deliver great legacy benefits to communities.”
Adelaide has a very strong case and the Commonwealth Games Federation’s requirements are for a feasibility study to be completed. In announcing their decision to commission that today South Australia has a head start,” Houston said.
“We will continue working with the states and cities interested in hosting the Games in Australia before any decision is made on who a preferred candidate and final bidder will be.”
The study officially moves Adelaide from the ‘Dialogue Phase’ to the ‘Feasibility Phase’ in line with Commonwealth Games Federation guidelines.
Minister for Sport Corey Wingard said: “We have an ingrained sporting culture, easy access to high-class facilities and the most welcoming people in the nation.”
“But the State Liberal Government remains firm in our commitment to provide strong and responsible economic leadership for all South Australians. That is why a thorough assessment must be completed and the Marshall Government will only sign on as a Candidate City if hosting the Games will provide an economic boost and create legacy projects which will benefit our state into the long-term future,” Minister Wingard said.
The feasibility study, to be compiled by the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, is expected to be completed later this year. Office for Recreation Sport and Racing Chief Executive Kylie Taylor said that such events have the power to inspire a new generation of South Australian athletes.
“The legacy of a Commonwealth Games can extend well into the future for up and coming athletes while the current stars have extra motivation to compete on home soil,” she said.
David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation said: “We’ve engaged with a number of cities as part of the informal dialogue phase for the bid process for the 2026 and 2030 Games. We believe Adelaide has very strong potential as a future Commonwealth Games host partner and we welcome today’s announcement that the State Government will commission a feasibility study to explore Games hosting benefits.”
Australia has hosted the Empire/Commonwealth Games on five occasions, commencing in Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982), Melbourne (2006) and Gold Coast (2018).