Commonwealth Games 2026: Commonwealth Games eyes Malaysia with £100m offer for 2026 event

Malaysia has been offered £100m by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Malaysia, the 1998 host country, is considering accepting an invitation.

Preparing for CWG 2026

Interestingly, Malaysia said it had received an incredible £100m bid to host the event. commonwealth games The multi-disciplinary sporting event known as the Commonwealth Games, which is held every four years, is currently without a host since the Australian state of Victoria abandoned preparations in July last year, citing rising costs.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) last month formally invited the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to host Victoria. Supporting “local implementation and legacy planning” for the 2026 Games is a stated objective of the £100m offer. In 1998, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, hosted the Olympic Games for the first time.

Mohamad Norza Zakaria, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Association of Malaysia, said the possibility of hosting the games in 2026 was a “unique opportunity to put Malaysia back on the global sporting map”, “building on the success of 1998”. thing. . As part of Victoria’s withdrawal settlement, a CGF spokesperson told BBC Sport that £100 million of “financial and strategic support” was being made available to potential hosts. A statement said: “The CGF is in advanced confidential discussions with potential host countries to ensure a truly sustainable model for the 2026 Games, one that will inspire athletes. We are promoting.”

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