Commonwealth Games Australia expresses its disappointment in the decision of the South Australian Government not to proceed with the feasibility study and subsequent potential bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said Adelaide had a very strong case and every indication was that a bid from Adelaide would have a high chance of success.
“We respect and accept the decision of the South Australian Government not to proceed with their bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games. We are disappointed, however, that we were not afforded the opportunity to address the concerns of some Cabinet members,” Phillips said.
“Adelaide presented a very compelling option as a Games host. It’s the perfect location and much of the facilities and infrastructure required to host the Games are already in place.”
“While we have not seen the Deloitte Report into the Games costs, we are disappointed that it purportedly included a range of infrastructure projects, including a proposed city railyards multipurpose arena, that are not directly related to Games expenditure. This project would have enhanced the Games offering but the investment required to build this infrastructure for future use should be the subject of a separate business case and not seen as a Games cost.”
“Not proceeding with the bid may put this project in jeopardy and that would be a lost opportunity for South Australians. We are encouraged that the Government is proceeding with its sports infrastructure plan which will benefit sport in South Australia and enhance Adelaide’s offering as a potential Games host.”
The UK-based Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have introduced a new model of Games delivery for 2022 and beyond to reduce the cost of the 12-day international sporting event. Birmingham 2022 is already benefiting from this new delivery model.
“We will continue working with the states and cities interested in hosting the Games in Australia and to this end we are encouraged that the South Australian Government is interested in considering the possibility of hosting in 2030 or 2034,” Phillips said.
“Commonwealth Games Australia wants to see the Games return to Australia, and as we witnessed most recently in both Melbourne and the Gold Coast, the Games provide a great legacy for communities that host the Games.”
“Having a home Games is also important for our athletes and our member sports as it drives a significant increase in interest and awareness for our sports and athletes.”
Australia has hosted the Empire/Commonwealth Games on five occasions, commencing in Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982), Melbourne (2006) and Gold Coast (2018).
The next edition of the Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham from 27 July – 7 August 2022.