THE bidding contest for the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been reopened after Birmingham’s bid was declared not “fully compliant.”
The £750 million pitch was the only one to be submitted by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) deadline of September 30, with mooted bids from cities in Australia, Canada and Malaysia failing to materialise.
But having pored over Birmingham’s bid at a meeting in Sri Lanka over the past two days, the CGF has decided to reopen bidding until November 30.
The CGF “congratulated” the Birmingham bid team but effectively made clear it wasn’t up to scratch.
The Games were originally awarded to Durban in September 2015 after Canada’s Edmonton withdrew its bid and earlier interest from places such as Cardiff and Singapore faded away.
But the CGF was forced to strip Durban of the Games in March this year when the South African city ran into financial problems, kick-starting an abridged bidding race that soon became a two-horse contest between Birmingham and Liverpool.
That appeared to have been settled last month when the British government announced Birmingham was its approved bidder and the Treasury would underwrite 75 per cent of the event’s costs, with Birmingham City Council providing the rest.
Brum’s bid, however, has clearly disappointed the CGF and more time has now been given to the likes of Adelaide, Kuala Lumpur and Victoria to think again.
The CGF didn’t offer any clues as to why Birmingham was lacking.