2022 Commonwealth Games: £778 million budget passed for Birmingham Games
2022 Commonwealth Games will hosted by Birmingham between 27 July and 7 August in what will be the biggest sporting and cultural event staged in the West Midlands.
British government voted a budget of £778million ($990 million) for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
The Games, in which 5,000 athletes from 71 nations compete in 19 sports between 27 July and 7 August, will be the biggest sporting and cultural event staged in the West Midlands
Birmingham beat Liverpool to host the event in December 2017 after original host Durban was stripped of the Games due to financial problems
London: The British government voted a budget of £778million ($990 million) for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Tuesday, double the amount contributed when the event was held in Glasgow five years ago.
The Games, in which 5,000 athletes from 71 nations compete in 19 sports between 27 July and 7 August, will be the biggest sporting and cultural event staged in the West Midlands.
Birmingham beat Liverpool in a truncated all-English race to host the event in December 2017 after original host Durban was stripped of the Games after running into financial problems.
Central government will provide three quarters of the funding (£594 million) with a further £184 million to be raised by Birmingham City Council.
The pot of public money will underwrite the city's preparations for the 11 days of sport and provide key funding for the Games' two main building projects: the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium and the construction of an aquatics centre.
"Having our budget confirmed is a key milestone for us and we can now look forward to delivering a fantastic Games for the people of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the country," Birmingham 2022's chief executive Ian Reid said in a statement.
The last time the Commonwealth Games were held in the UK, Glasgow was given £372 million of public funding for operational costs for 2014.
However, the Commonwealth Games Federation is keen to highlight that Birmingham 2022 should cost the British public £200 million less than Gold Coast 2018 cost Australians when operational and capital costs are considered.
Commonwealth Games Federation president Dame Louise Martin said: "We are pleased to have confirmation of the public investment in Birmingham 2022, which reinforces the Commonwealth Games' position as a cost-efficient multi-sport event focused on delivering numerous long-term benefits for the host city.
"An important element of the budget detail is the significant decrease in direct Games delivery costs compared to Gold Coast 2018."
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju writes to UK sports secretary Nicky Morgan over inclusion of shooting in 2022 CWG
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has written a letter to UK Secretary of State for Sport Nicky Morgan, seeking her intervention for the inclusion of shooting in 2022 CWG.
Heena Sidhu divided over IOA's call to boycott 2022 Commonwealth Games, but says shooting should get permanent status
Shooting "can die soon" if it is excluded from global events, pistol ace Heena Sidhu said on Monday, in the wake of the Indian Olympic Association's proposal to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for dropping the sport from its roster.
CGF says no plans yet on hosting Commonwealth Shooting Championships in India around 2022 Birmingham Games
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Monday said there is no plan to have a Commonwealth Championship of shooting in India during the 2022 Birmingham Games to make up for the sport's axing from the multi-sport showpiece.