PERFECT HOST; COMMONWEALTH GAMES: WHY BRUM WILL BE THE... With the clock already beginning the countdown to the Commonwealth Games being hosted by Birmingham in 2022, its Federation Chief Executive Officer DAVID GREVEMBERG writes exclusively for the Birmingham Mail.
Families and fans, across the home nations, the Commonwealth and the world will once again lend their worldfamous support to the Commonwealth's finest athletes in an inspiring and inclusive festival of sport, community and culture.
It will be particularly special doing so ten years on from London's hugely successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and on the 20th anniversary of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games - a standout Games in the history of our movement, laying the foundations for a golden era for the UK's global sporting prowess.
What unites all of us at the Commonwealth Games Federation, Commonwealth Games England, the UK Government and Birmingham City Council, is a passionate belief that Birmingham 2022 will be so much more than an 11-day summer sporting spectacular.
Bursting humanity, pride, embodies cherish Now more than ever, sport, and mega-sporting events like the Commonwealth Games, have a fundamental responsibility to "give back" to the public and host the communities they serve.
This is a responsibility that everyone across the Commonwealth Sports Movement takes very seriously; and I can think of no better mirror of the truly Commonwealth city of Birmingham to bring this vision to life.
Bursting with humanity, history and pride - and an inspiring social vision for its future - Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about today's modern Commonwealth.
And it was the city's ambition and innovative vision to engage and benefit the local community, showcase the best of global Britain and warmly welcome and inspire athletes and fans from right across the Commonwealth that won the city the right to stage the Games.
With the vast majority of Birmingham's Games venues already in place, and the extensive major events hosting experience we collectively bring to the table here in the UK, I have no doubt that this city will hit the ground running and put on a truly spectacular event, the like of which no Commonwealth Games host has realised before. Awarding the Games also comes at a time of renewed importance for the Commonwealth. With an increasingly international United Kingdom building new relationships across the world, the 2022 Games in Birmingham will be a powerful platform to celebrate diversity, maximise legacy opportunities and drive global trade links.
Just three years ago, in Glasgow, we saw the power and potential of what happens when an open, ambitious and warm-hearted city throws its arms around the Commonwealth's finest athletes.
The East End of the city was transformed and re-generated; the city and its people charmed 1.5 billion TV spectators; over PS6m pounds was raised for children across the Commonwealth; new major events streamed into the city; 15,000 volunteers embraced a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the event's success and develop their skills.
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With our full support, I've every confidence that Birmingham will build on Glasgow's legacy-first approach, harnessing the power of sport to contribute to the long-term prosperity of the city.
Of course, each Games has its own story. In just four months' time, Australia's Gold Coast will make the most of its moment in the sun as host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
This will provide huge testing and knowledge-sharing opportunities for the Birmingham and English team - and everyone 'down under' is excited about sharing their learning and expertise to put Birmingham in the best possible position to succeed.
They will be passing the baton to a city whose moment has truly arrived on the world stage, and it will be a privilege to write a new chapter in its rich and proud history.
We congratulate, and look forward to working in partnership with, the teams in Birmingham and the UK Government.
In every sense, Birmingham 2022 truly promises to be the Commonwealth's Games.
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