Birmingham has officially been chosen as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, replacing Durban, stripped of the event nine months ago.
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin made the announcement at a special school assembly attended by Year Seven students from Birmingham on Thursday.
Her announcement, though, had been pre-empted 15 minutes earlier by Commonwealth Games England chairman Ian Metcalfe, who had told students “the Games will be taking place right here in four-and-a-half years time”.
“We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement – it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city,” said Martin.
“With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth, and so the Commonwealth Sports Movement looks forward to collaborating with all the Games partners to showcase the city’s humanity and pride to a global audience over the coming months and years.
“The vast majority of the Games venues are in place, and with extensive experience in the UK of hosting successful major events – including Manchester 2002, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 – the CGF looks forward to a truly spectacular Games that delivers not only for the 2.4 billion citizens across the Commonwealth but the wider world, too.
“Today is a fantastic day for Birmingham, global Britain and our resurgent Commonwealth Sports Movement.”
In September 2015 Durban was officially awarded the Games before being stripped of the event in March because it failed to meet a series of financial deadlines.