Victoria, Australia: Host of 2026 Commonwealth Games

The Victoria state of Australia will be hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games. During the games focus will also be given to boosting the economy of the region.

Overview:

  • An exclusive negotiating period was granted to the capital of Victoria, Melbourne, to secure the hosting rights for the Commonwealth Games.
  • The Commonwealth Games, are losing relevance, with four of the last five editions being held in Britain or Australia.
  • To host the 2026 editions of the Games, no other nation expressed interest except Australia.
  • The 2026 Games will be spread across the cities of Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, and Ballarat thus a new multi-city model will be implemented.

Earlier editions of the Commonwealth Games in Australia

In 2018, Australia hosted the Games on the Gold Coast and the 2006 edition of the games was hosted in Melbourne.

2022 Edition of the Commonwealth Games

Birmingham, England will be hosting the 2022 edition of the games from 28th July to 8th Aug. Earlier, South Africa was supposed to host this year’s edition but was stripped of hosting rights due to a lack of progress in their preparations.

About Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games are also referred to as the Friendly Games. It is an international multi-sport event that is held every four years and involves athletes participating from the Commonwealth of Nations. The first such games were held in 1930.

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