Commonwealth Games 2026 feasibility study

Birmingham City Council has appointed Origin Sports Group to carry out a feasibility study for the Commonwealth Games 2026 in the first quarter of this year. A final document is due by April 2017. The study’s cost is capped at £170,000, of which the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is contributing £50,000. The study is being headed by Alan Pascoe, vice-chair of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics together with Keith Mills, who is CEO of the company that bid successfully for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and was vice-chair of 2014’s flagship para-sport Invictus Games. Pascoe has worked on every Commonwealth Games since the year 1992 and worked on many major events hosted by Birmingham. Birmingham and the wider region could benefit enormously from the games in terms of inclusive economic growth and a grassroots sporting legacy. Another benefit would be Birmingham’s profile as a global city being boosted.