Malaysia emerges as a candidate to host the 2026 Games, with Commonwealth Games chiefs praising its ‘achievements’

Commonwealth Games chiefs praised Malaysia’s “fantastic track record” after the country announced it had received a £100 million ($130 million) offer to host the 2026 Games.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is scrambling to find a venue after the Australian state of Victoria abruptly withdrew in July last year due to costs.

Victoria’s sudden move and lack of obvious alternatives sparked debate over the future of the Olympics, which are held every four years and were last held in Birmingham in 2022.

On Monday, the Malaysian Olympic Council announced that the London-based CGF had “offered Malaysia the opportunity to replace Victoria as host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games”.

“This offer includes a significant financial investment of £100m to support local delivery and legacy planning for the 2026 edition.”

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Malaysia hosted the Olympics in 1998.

Malaysian Commonwealth Games Association President Mohamad Norza Zakaria called it “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build on the success of Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and put Malaysia back on the global sporting map.” It will happen,” he said.

A CGF spokesperson hinted that Malaysia would not be the only country that could potentially host the Olympics in 2026, saying the CGF was “in advance confidential discussions with potential host countries”. .

However, a spokesperson said: “Malaysia has an excellent track record in hosting sporting events, with the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur being a huge success.

“We were encouraged by their initial concept to build this heritage site using many of the same world-class facilities.”

A spokesperson said potential host countries would be provided with “financial and strategic support” of £100 million as part of the Victorian exit settlement.

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