Commonwealth Games Australia President Sam Coffa AM JP today welcomed the announcement of Birmingham, England as host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE made the announcement at the Arena Academy school in Birmingham in London late on Thursday, Australian time.
“Commonwealth Games Australia welcomes the decision to award Birmingham the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Coffa said.
“It is was disappointing that the Games could not go ahead in Durban, but CGA is pleased such a strong candidate emerged and share the confidence of the CGF that Birmingham will stage a great Games.
“The interest within Australia to potentially host in 2022 was very encouraging and it is clear that the Commonwealth Games will always have a home in Australia.
“While our focus remains on a successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, we look forward to working with the CGF and new organising committee to provide any assistance we can to ensure Birmingham 2022 is a success,” Coffa said.
Birmingham 2022 is expected to take place from 27 July – 7 August 2022, marking 20 years since Manchester 2002, the last time the Games were held in England.
Over an extraordinary 16 months, Mike Cleary wore the green and gold of Australia, in Rugby Union, in Rugby League and at the Commonwealth Games. An unprecedent achievement, which earmarked Cleary as one of the greatest all-rounder athletes in Australian sporting history.