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20 Dec 2017
Birmingham set to win bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham is set to be officially announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games tomorrow (21 December).

Multiple reports state a deal between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the DCMS and Birmingham City Council has been struck, with a press conference scheduled tomorrow at Perry Bar to be attended by CGF President Louise Martin.

Birmingham was the only interested city to submit a bid before the original deadline of 30 but was deemed "not fully compliant" by the CGF.

The body extended the deadline to 30 November to encourage fresh bids from Birmingham, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry.

Earlier this month the CGF reiterated it needed "further clarification on issues" before choosing a host city.

Domestically, Birmingham saw off competition from Liverpool to become the UK’s candidate for the Games, with the 11-day event valued at £750m to the economy.

The win will see major development underway across the city’s sports facilities, including the upgrade of Alexander Stadium at Perry Barr, which will make it the UK's largest permanent athletics stadium, and a new competition-standard pool in Sandwell.

The bid was supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority, several business investment groups and the city’s sports industry, helping to resolve issues over hotel tax and land ownership issues around the athletes’ village site.

The government will pay 75 per cent of the bill, with the rest coming from the Birmingham backers. The council has pledged a hotel tax to raise money without tapping into the its main services budget.

The South African city of Durban was originally awarded the Games in 2015 but was stripped of the event in March this year because it did not meet the criteria.

The Games were last held in England in 2002, in Manchester.


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11 Jan 2018
Fitness sector leaders set for Madrid training programme
Top executives from the physical activity sector's leading organisations will converge in Madrid, Spain, next month to discuss business issues that will affect the growth of the industry globally.
21 Dec 2017
Birmingham named host city for 2022 Commonwealth Games
Birmingham has officially been named the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, beating competition from Kuala Lumpur, Victoria (Canada) and Australia.
20 Dec 2017
Golf leaders to challenge tradition at first Golf Business Innovation Show
The future model for golf clubs and businesses will take centre stage as leaders convene for the inaugural Golf Business Innovation Show in February.
13 Dec 2017
Drayson celebrates rise from school drop-out to UK fitness industry's Outstanding Individual of 2017
Danny Drayson has been on a journey from school drop-out to young person development ambassador at Life Leisure – and has now landed Active Training Awards' Outstanding Individual of the Year title along the way.
12 Dec 2017
World Spa Awards winners revealed: Talise Ottoman named best resort spa
The winners of this year’s World Spa Awards have been announced during a gala reception held at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay resort in Vietnam.
06 Dec 2017
David Adjaye to address race and architecture at Design Miami
David Adjaye will speak on a panel at the 13th annual Design Miami international design fair this afternoon (6 December).
06 Dec 2017
Speakers announced for Forum HOTel&Spa
Tom Bauer, Martin Rhomberg, Roger Allen, Caroline Mahe and Beata Aleksandrowicz have been announced as speakers at next year’s Forum HOTel&Spa conference.
06 Dec 2017
Sornson takes on new role at GWS and GWI
Kate Sornson has been named associate manager – marketing and communications – for the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the Global Wellness Institute (GWI).
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