Liverpool has passed the preliminary assessment phase in the UK city selection process for a potential 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has announced today.
The city, along with Birmingham, has been the subject of inspection visits in the last few weeks attended by an independent assessment panel, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) representatives and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport officials.
The assessment panel has recommended to government that both cities have sufficiently developed a clear initial vision as to how they would construct a compelling games programme which meets CGF requirements and which would leave a legacy for their city, the region and the UK.
The panel found that Liverpool’s current planning demonstrates sufficient merit that both cities be given the opportunity to further develop their proposals over the coming weeks.
Liverpool will now undertake further, more detailed work on the cost, practicability and delivery of their plans with both cities asked to submit final proposals to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in August.
In early September the independent assessment panel will make a recommendation to the government on a preferred city before the government then makes a final decision whether to submit a formal bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation based on the overall value for money of hosting the Games.
Reacting to the news, Brian Barwick, Liverpool 2022 Bid Chairman said: “This is fantastic news for the entire city, region and our bid partner Manchester and is testament to the quality of work and huge efforts of the bid team, the city councils and all our partners over the last few months.
“We are now in the home stretch in the race to persuade Government that our Liverpool-Manchester partnership will be ground-breaking for the Commonwealth Games, while also financially sound and good for the UK. Our plan is to be responsible, inspirational, and transformational because that is the Liverpool way and I’m confident we will deliver on all these fronts if granted the great honour of hosting these Games.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool added: “Liverpool’s vision for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is to make our city proud, make Britain proud and make the spirit of the Commonwealth soar. We are a world famous city with a track record of delivering unforgettable events on the international stage and anyone who has visited us in the last decade will have seen the journey of change we have been on, a journey that is far from over.
“By hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, up to a billion pounds of investment will be fast-tracked – so this bid makes huge sense for the city. What we are proposing is a win-win-win – for Liverpool, the Government and the Commonwealth Games Federation and we will work tirelessly in the coming weeks to persuade the government that Liverpool is the right choice to help showcase Britain in a post-Brexit world.”
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “It is right that a proper and rigorous assessment is carried out before we decide if a formal bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is submitted.
“I’ve been encouraged by the commitment and enthusiasm that both Birmingham and Liverpool have demonstrated so far in the process but it will be crucial that their final plans demonstrate good value for money, how they would leave a lasting legacy and showcase the best of Britain.
“We have a great track record of hosting the biggest events in sport in the UK and I am sure that if we were to host the Games in 2022 the British people would give a warm welcome to the world and get right behind the event.”
Commonwealth Games England chief executive Paul Blanchard said: “An English Commonwealth Games in 2022 would be an inspirational event and create a lasting legacy for the whole country. Five years ago this week, the country was gripped by London 2012, the best Olympic and Paralympic Games ever staged. Then in 2014 the UK hosted the memorable Commonwealth Games in Glasgow showing beyond doubt what a spectacular success an English games would be.
“Birmingham and Liverpool have two fantastic sets of plans and either city would stage a Games to remember for athletes and spectators alike. There is still a huge amount of work to be done by both Government and the cities themselves but what we have seen so far promises some very exciting times ahead.”
“Earlier this week Team England topped the medal table at the Youth Commonwealth Games, a home Games in 2022 would give the best possible platform to our outstanding young sporting talent.”