2022 Commonwealth Games

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XXII Commonwealth Games
Host city TBC
Motto TBC
Nations participating 70 Commonwealth nations
Athletes participating Unknown
Events TBD
Opening ceremony TBC
Closing ceremony TBC
Queen's Baton Final Runner TBC
Main venue TBC

The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games, will be an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth.

Birmingham, England was the only city to submit a bid for the event when bids were due. Other cities had expressed interest in bidding to host the event, but declined to submit bids. [1] [2] Birmingham stood as the only candidate to replace Durban, South Africa as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. [3] However it was announced that the bid was not fully compliant and the bidding process was extended until 30 November 2017.[4]

Host city selections[edit]

Two cities initially launched bids for the games; Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, leaving Durban as the only bid to go forward to CGF General Assembly in September 2015.[5] The coastal South African city of Durban initially secured the right to host the games, as they were the sole bidder for the event. The city previously considered bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics.

Stripping of Durban as Host[edit]

On 13 March 2017, the same day that the baton relay for the 2018 games got underway, it was announced that the Commonwealth Games Federation had stripped Durban of the hosting rights of the games due to not meeting the criteria set out by the CGF.[6] It was reported in February 2017 however, Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints.[7] This was confirmed one month later on 13 March 2017 when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of their rights to host the games.[8]

It would have marked the first time the games were held in Africa and the second time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Delhi, India in 2010. The games were set to open on the 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.[9]

A new bidding process was launched and Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games.[10] On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.[11] In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England.[12] With Birmingham being the sole bidder for the event they won the right to stage the Games.[13][14]However, it was announced that the bid was not fully compliant and the bidding process was extended until 30 November 2017.[15] The CGF had 170 questions regarding Birmingham's bid.[16]


  1. ^ "Victoria, Canada Launch Bid For 2022 Commonwealth Games | GamesBids.com". gamesbids.com. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  2. ^ "BC government won't be funding Victoria bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Lack of Government support for Kuala Lumpur leaves Birmingham as only bidder for 2022 Commonwealth Games". Inside the Games. 12 September 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/41525305
  5. ^ "Edmonton withdraws bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games | euronews, world news". Euronews.com. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Durban will not host in 2022". BBC Sport. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2022: Durban 'may drop out as host'". BBC News. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Durban stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Durban is #ReadyToInspire, are you?". Durban-2022. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  10. ^ Rumsby, Ben (13 March 2017). "Liverpool and Birmingham battle to host Commonwealth Games 2022". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Williams, Jennifer (14 March 2017). "Manchester in discussions to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Birmingham beats Liverpool for hosting the 2022 commonwealth games". www.independent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Commonwealth Games 2022: Birmingham beats Liverpool to lead England bid
  14. ^ Commonwealth Games England to reveal 2022 candidate city in September
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/41525305
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/41823005

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Preceded by
Gold Coast 2018
Host City
XXII Commonwealth Games
Succeeded by
TBA 2026