Malaysia requests to host Commonwealth Games

Beatriz Faumuina celebrates her discus gold medal-winning performance at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
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Malaysia has announced that it has been offered $200 million to help host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The event is currently without a host after the Australian state of Victoria canceled the event last July due to rising costs.

Malaysia’s Olympic Council announced last month that it had received a formal invitation from the Commonwealth Games Federation to replace Victoria as host.

A statement posted on the Malaysian Olympic Council website said the $200 million would support “local delivery and legacy planning” for the 2026 Games.

Malaysia has previously hosted the Olympics once, in 1998 in its capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Commonwealth Games Association president Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the chance to host the event in 2026 was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build on the success of 1998” and put the country “back on the global sporting map”. said.

The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sporting event held every four years. Only two of his, his 1942 and his 1946, have ever been canceled due to World War II.

To be eligible, entrants must be from one of the 70 or more Commonwealth countries or territories. Many of them were once part of the British Empire.

The CGF was struggling to find a venue for the 2026 Olympics until Victoria volunteered in April 2022.

Organizers initially estimated the event, to be held in cities including Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat, would cost $2.8 billion.

But the projected cost of the 12-day tournament ballooned to more than $6 billion, and the state canceled the plan.

The South African city of Durban was originally scheduled to host the Games in 2022, but was stripped of its hosting rights in 2017 after running into financial difficulties and missing key deadlines. Birmingham agreed to host it nine months later.

NZOC is pleased that Malaysia is considering hosting the event.

The NZOC says the Commonwealth Games is an important sporting event for New Zealand. The Games provide athletes with a unique opportunity to test themselves against the best teams in the Commonwealth and represent New Zealand at the premier multi-sport event. We know New Zealanders love watching and participating in the Olympics too.

The statement said they were looking forward to official approval from the tournament organizers.

This story first appeared on the BBC

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