The Australian state of Victoria introduced Tuesday that it’ll host the 2026 Commonwealth Video games, with all sporting occasions going down outdoors of the state capital Melbourne. The state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, praised the Commonwealth Video games Federation for embracing Victoria’s pitch for the worldwide multisports occasion, admitting that “it’s a bit riskier than simply working it in the midst of a big metropolis”. The 2026 Video games will probably be held in 4 regional hubs within the cities of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland, every with its personal athletes’ village.
Nevertheless, the opening ceremony will probably be held at Australia’s largest sports activities stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Floor, which might maintain greater than 100,000 spectators.
The state has confirmed 16 sports activities for the Video games to date, together with aquatics, biking and Twenty20 cricket, with additional bulletins promised.
The Commonwealth Video games Federation’s president Louise Martin described Victoria’s pitch as “a daring and revolutionary imaginative and prescient” for the occasion.
“In Victoria, we consider we’ve discovered the right associate for the following stage of our journey,” she stated.
It is going to be the sixth time that Australia has staged the Commonwealth Video games and the second time in Victoria, after Melbourne hosted the 2006 occasion.
Andrews stated the 2026 Commonwealth Video games had been anticipated to convey a “$3 billion increase to the Victorian financial system”, which needed to climate lengthy lockdowns through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland was dwelling in 2018 to the final version of the “Pleasant Video games”, because the Commonwealth Video games are known as.
The Video games, held each 4 years, entice greater than 4,000 athletes from the 54 nations of the Commonwealth, nearly all of whom are former territories of the British Empire.
The 2022 Commonwealth Video games are on account of be held in Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8.