Malaysia rejects offer to host 2026 Commonwealth Games

KUALA LUMPUR (March 22): The Federal Government has decided to decline the offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced.

The ministry said in a statement on Friday that the decision was the result of a thorough consideration by the Cabinet of all the implications and aspects of hosting the Olympics.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the governing body for the international multi-sport event held once every four years, announced in a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Second Minister of Finance that Malaysia would receive 100 million pounds (603 million ringgit). ) announced that it has offered to provide support funds. To the ministry.

The results of the meeting were presented to Cabinet, and it became clear that the offer of £100 million from the CGF could not be expected to cover the entire cost of hosting such a major sporting event.

Furthermore, the ministry noted that the economic impact cannot be accurately determined in the short term.

“The Government would like to thank the CGF for its offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. However, at this time the Government aims to prioritize the development of the sport and the welfare of the people.” Ta. Ministry.

The fate of the 2026 Commonwealth Games remains uncertain following Malaysia’s decision to withdraw. The Australian state of Victoria, which was the original host, withdrew in July last year due to hosting costs that had increased significantly from the original estimate of A$2.6 billion (RM8.11 billion) to A$7 billion.

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