The Australian state of Victoria introduced Tuesday that it’ll host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with all sporting occasions going down exterior of the state capital Melbourne. The state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, praised the Commonwealth Games Federation for embracing Victoria’s pitch for the worldwide multisports occasion, admitting that “it’s a bit riskier than just running it in the middle of a large city”.
The 2026 Games will likely be held in 4 regional hubs within the cities of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland, every with its personal athletes’ village.
However, the opening ceremony will likely be held at Australia’s largest sports activities stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which might maintain greater than 100,000 spectators.
The state has confirmed 16 sports activities for the Games to date, together with aquatics, biking and Twenty20 cricket, with additional bulletins promised.
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s president Louise Martin described Victoria’s pitch as “a bold and innovative vision” for the occasion.
“In Victoria, we believe we have found the perfect partner for the next stage of our journey,” she stated.
It would be the sixth time that Australia has staged the Commonwealth Games and the second time in Victoria, after Melbourne hosted the 2006 occasion.
Andrews stated the 2026 Commonwealth Games have been anticipated to convey a “$3 billion boost to the Victorian economy”, which needed to climate lengthy lockdowns throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland was dwelling in 2018 to the final version of the “Friendly Games”, because the Commonwealth Games are referred to as.
The Games, held each 4 years, entice greater than 4,000 athletes from the 54 nations of the Commonwealth, virtually all of whom are former territories of the British Empire.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games are attributable to be held in Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8.
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