It was reported that the city council agreed on its final bid details at a meeting on Friday, with the development set to lead to the potential award of the event later this week. Birmingham was the only city to submit a formal bid for the hosting rights stripped from Durban by the original deadline of September 30, but the CGF said that the proposal was “not fully compliant” and opted to extend the deadline to November 30.
Ian Ward, Birmingham city council leader and chair of the Birmingham 2022 bid, has pointed to the fact that the UK government will also be responsible for 75 per cent of the cost of the Games, a move that would lead to hundreds of millions of pounds invested in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.
Ward said: “We have to be bold and visionary (and grasp) this once in a lifetime opportunity. Future generations will not think well of us if we lose confidence at this stage. This is our time.”