Commonwealth Games: Coming To London?
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Following the dazzling success of last summer’s Olympic Games, it has been revealed that top officials are seriously considering placing a bid for London to become the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Neale Coleman was the Mayor of London’s advisor on the London 2012 Games, and he has now turned his sights to his next big project, telling the BBC that plans are being drawn up for a bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, last month gave his approval to a bid, and previously said during a speech at the closing of the Olympics that “when we put our minds to it there is no limit to what Britain can achieve”, so hopes are running high that the capital may be in with a chance.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, and later in 2018 they will head all the way to Australia. UK officials are hoping that the third largest multi-sport event will return to Britain’s shores, and London certainly has the right facilities to do the job – most notably the Olympic Park, renamed The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Park, which includes the Aquatics Centre and the Velopark, as well as the impressive stadium itself, is the perfect location for such an important sports event
The recently retired award-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington has taken on the role of official ambassador to the Glasgow games next year, and although it’s unlikely we’ll see her donning her swimwear to help bring England to victory, she might reprise her ambassador role for London.
It’s uncertain whether London will be making a bid for 2022. Competition for the prestigious honour of hosting the event is likely to come from Edmonton in Canada, and perhaps Singapore. All we can do is watch, wait – and hope.