2026 Commonwealth Games: Malaysia rejects host offer due to cost

Malaysia has rejected an offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the country’s sports ministry has announced.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has provided Malaysia with £100m in support after the Australian state of Victoria withdrew from hosting the event.

However, Malaysia’s Sports Ministry said the proposal “does not cover the entire cost of hosting a major sporting event”.

“Furthermore, the economic impact could not be determined in this short period of time,” it added.

The future of the Olympics was thrown into doubt after the state of Victoria withdrew from hosting the event last July, citing rising costs.

Birmingham has bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the South African city of Durban ran into financial difficulties and was stripped of its hosting rights after failing to meet a key deadline.

Malaysian Federal Games Association president Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the chance to host the Games in 2026 is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build on the success of 1998” and is the only time the country has hosted the Olympics in the past. said.

However, Malaysian Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh said on Thursday that if an event requires public funds to host, it may be best not to hold it in Malaysia.

Government Spokesperson and Minister of Communications Fahmi Fazil said: “If we had more time we would definitely do that, but we have such a short period of time that [amount of preparation] Time is absolutely impossible.

“When we assessed the possibility of hosting the Olympics, we found that the time period and costs involved were particularly prohibitive.”

The government of Alberta, Canada, Candidacy to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games Because costs are rising.

Alberta’s withdrawal means there are currently no other strong candidates to bid to host the 2030 Olympics.

A CGF spokesperson said: “A confidential process to determine the host country is ongoing with other interested Commonwealth Games Associations.”

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