Trea­sury backs Birm­ing­ham’s Com­mon­wealth bid

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The UK Gov­ern­ment has agreed to back Birm­ing­ham’s bid for the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games and guar­an­tee costs that Press As­so­ci­a­tion Sport un­der­stands could to­tal £750 mil­lion.

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil will have to fund a quar­ter of that but the rest of the bud­get will be pro­vided by cen­tral gov­ern­ment. Ear­lier this month, an ex­pert panel work­ing on be­half of the De­part­ment of Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport rec­om­mended Birm­ing­ham’s pitch for the event over a bid from Liver­pool.

That rec­om­men­da­tion has now been ap­proved, with Trea­sury back­ing, and Birm­ing­ham’s bid will be for­mally sub­mit­ted by Com­mon­wealth Games Eng­land to the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion to­day.

The plan rests on a ma­jor up­grade of the Alexan­der Sta­dium, above, for the ath­let­ics and cer­e­monies.

Pic­ture: PA.

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