Birmingham announced as host of 2022 Commonwealth Games

Louise Martin announced Birmingham's win at the Arena Academy

Birmingham, has been chosen as host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

As a result, Birmingham was the only city able to submit a bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) by the 30th September deadline.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin announces the winning bid for the 2022 games in Birmingham, Britain December 21, 2017.

They come on board as a replacement for Durban, South Africa.

Already in preparations to bid for the 2026 event, Birmingham along with Liverpool, were poised to mount strong campaigns where other worldwide cities couldn't organize quickly enough.

Earlier this year, David Black, who owns community news company Black Press Media and was head of the Victoria Commonwealth Games committee, brought forward their proposed bid to have the 2022 games take place in B.C.'s capital and the Lower Mainland.

Martin also recognized the competing bids, including one from right here in B.C.

"The development of world class sports venues and the ability to host global standard competition in a range of sports will hopefully inspire the youngsters of the region to watch the games and get involved in sport and physical activity themselves".

Many close to the process thought that the hosts would have been announced well before now. "While we were based in the north of the city, the Perry Barr community was nothing but supportive and I know that they will welcome elite athletes from around the world with open arms, as will Birmingham City University, the rest of the city and the wider region".

The 2022 edition of the Games has been hard to organise.

Figures from the West Midlands Growth Company Regional Observatory also show that 2016 was the most successful year in history for Birmingham's hotels, with occupancy rates for 2016 peaking at 99 per cent capacity and averaging at 75 per cent.

This is the first time in two decades that a Commonwealth Games will be held in England after Manchester hosted it in 2002.

Next year's Games will be staged on Australia's Gold Coast.

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