Commonwealth Games 2022

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August 11, 2022

The 2022 Commonwealth Games (officially the XXII Commonwealth Games, also often referred to as Birmingham 2022) is a sporting event for Commonwealth member states held in Birmingham. The 2022 Commonwealth Games are the third to be hosted by England. The games were held from July 28 to August 8, 2022. Birmingham was announced as the host city at a press conference in Birmingham on 21 December 2017. This press conference took place at the Arena Academy.

Choice of host city

First Candidates

First, Durban (South Africa) and Edmonton (Canada, Alberta) expressed their desire to host the Commonwealth Games. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, making Durban's bid the only bid. Since Durban was the only city willing to host the competition, it was chosen. It was also known that Durban had previously submitted bids to host the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics.

Cancellation of the Durban Games

In February 2017, it was reported in the media that Durban might not host the games due to financial problems. These reports were officially confirmed a month later: on March 13, 2017, the Commonwealth Games Federation stripped Durban of the right to host. This could have been the first time the games were held in Africa, however the competition did not take place and was rescheduled. According to the schedule, the Durban games were scheduled to open on July 18, 2022, the birthday of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

Choosing a new host city

The application process has been re-launched, with Liverpool and Birmingham expressing their interest in hosting the games. On 14 March 2017, Manchester, which had previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, also wanted to host the games. In September 2017, Birmingham won the right to host the games from Liverpool. However, it was announced that Birmingham's application was not fully eligible and the application process was extended until November 30, 2017. The federation had 170 questions regarding Birmingham's bid.

Birmingham becomes host city

On December 21, 2017, Birmingham won the right to host the Commonwealth Games. Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference in Biblio.