Statement from Petria Thomas OAM – Victoria 2026


Australian Commonwealth Games Team Chef de Mission, Petria Thomas OAM, has made the following comments about the Victorian Government’s unexpected and sudden decision to withdraw from hosting the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.

“This is a significant blow to the hundreds of athletes and their support teams working toward qualification for a Games here at home – I am thinking of them today”, Thomas said.

“We understand the disappointment and the impact this decision will have on their ability to plan and prepare for the Games in 2026, and we are committed to finding a resolution alongside the CGF.”

“The Commonwealth Games is a pillar on the Australian sporting calendar, and I remain wholeheartedly committed to providing athletes with every opportunity to represent their country again at a Commonwealth Games.”

“The Commonwealth Games remain the only integrated multi-sport event that brings together able-bodied and para-athletes, raising awareness and support for inclusion on the global stage.”

“The news that Victoria will no longer be hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games is extremely disappointing, but my team and I are totally committed to delivering for Australia’s athletes and our team when a new host is found.”

No further comment will be made at this time.



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