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London set to host Commonwealth Games after Birmingham 2022 role

Lee Valley VeloPark is set to host Jason and Laura Kenny for Birmingham 2022 – the only event location outside of the Midlands.

And with the Commonwealth Games looking for hosts for its next two editions in 2026 and 2030, bosses have said they are welcoming London as a possibility.

Katie Sadleir, the new CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said: “London would be a fantastic location for the Commonwealth Games. We are now launching a call for applications for 2026 and 2030… and we are open to listening to our members to find out where the next Games will take place.

There is no clear favorite for the 2026 Games as Hamilton, Canada has expressed interest in bidding for 2030, 100 years after hosting the first Games.

Regarding London’s chances of hosting for the first time since 1934, Sadleir said: “You have all the facilities, you certainly have the experience. The London Olympics were among the best of the best. So the experience and expertise in the facilities makes sense.

London was excluded from the account as a possible host for next summer’s Games in 2017 after Durban, South Africa, was stripped of its right to host.

Birmingham was then selected against Liverpool, with London keeping a partial role in track cycling.

“One of the things that made perfect sense was capitalizing on this fantastic London velodrome and that is where our cycling center will be located,” added Sadleir. “I think that and London will be a centerpiece.”


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