/ 09 April 2024

Hustling for new hosts

Commonwealth Games Federation flag

Victoria is out, but the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) hasn’t given up hope of finding a new host for the 2026 event. Like a proud but pimply teenager waiting for someone to ask them out, the organisation says it’s “considering multiple proposals” for both a location and some “innovative new concepts” to give the event a bit of a zhuzh. But it won’t be in Singapore or Malaysia which both recently rejected offers… In its first public statement since Victoria pulled the pin over rising costs, the CGF says “significant progress had been made”, and it’s “excited by the early concepts” to “reset and reframe the Games”. It’s aiming to announce a new host next month. And it doesn’t end there because the preferred 2030 host – the Canadian province of Alberta – has withdrawn its bid, leaving the whole future of the Games in a precarious position…

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