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Birmingham beats Liverpool as UK's preferred Commonwealth city

Both Birmingham and Liverpool have been vying for top spot in a race to be nominated the UK’s preferred host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

An independent assessment panel plumped for Birmingham, dashing Liverpool’s hopes of hosting the Games. Birmingham gave their bid some added rocket fuel with the inclusion of Brendan Foster, a Commonwealth 10,000m champion.

But Birmingham’s test isn’t over yet—the hopeful city still need to put together a case showing value for money will be provided should it host the event.

After a detailed bid proposal, the government and Commonwealth Games England will put their heads together to decide whether the UK will put forward a formal bid.

“I am grateful to the bid teams from both Birmingham and Liverpool for their hard work in making the case for their respective cities as potential Commonwealth Games hosts,” said Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

She continued: “Now, after a comprehensive assessment process, the government will look at the final bid proposal from Birmingham and decide if a formal bid will be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“We need to be completely satisfied that the bid offers overall value for money from hosting the Games and that a strong economic and sporting legacy can be delivered from it.”

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