WMCA support for Commonwealth Games bid...



The Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has offered his support to Birmingham if it decides to go ahead in its bid to stage the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Bob Sleigh, said:

“Clearly Birmingham will be weighing up whether it wants to come forward as a potential host for the Commonwealth Games in 10 years time.  After they have considered the benefits and, if they do decide it’s right for the city, then the WMCA would offer its fullest support to back the bid.

“Large scale sporting events can have huge economic, social and cultural benefits for a city and can leave a lasting legacy on a region.  Not just a physical legacy with more people taking up sport but also a legacy of pride and enthusiasm as the city becomes well known to an international audience.  You simply cannot underestimate that feel good factor!

“Of course the WMCA can and would play a major part in any bid for the Games.  Our improved transport links that will see faster and more efficient travel plus a better skilled workforce and greater investment in the region makes the West Midlands a very attractive proposition for the Commonwealth Games or any other future international event.”

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