Liverpool City Council plans to launch a feasibility study aimed at bidding for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, BBC reports. Mayor Joe Anderson says the city is ready and able to host the quadrennial international event.
Anderson said hosting the Games would “reflect the city’s growing confidence and expertise in organizing large events.
“Liverpool is an ambitious city and I believe we have an enormous amount to offer when it comes to hosting an event of this scale, which would be an incredibly important catalyst for regeneration, investment and raising the profile of sport.”
If the bid moves forward, Liverpool would have to be chosen from among other interested British cities before it would be able to compete with international Commonwealth nations to earn the right to host. Britain’s decision will be made in 2018.
Last month a potential Welsh bid was dropped after, the government claimed, the Brexit vote added too much uncertainty to the project.
Birmingham has also discussed the possibility of bidding for the 2026 Games as well as Edmonton, Canada after the city withdrew from the 2022 bid due to collapsing oil prices that left the city with economic challenges. Durban, South Africa was left as the lone bidder for the 2022 Games and went on to be selected by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to host.
The 2018 edition of the Games will be staged in Gold Coast Australia.
The 2026 host city will be elected by the CGF in 2019.