Commonwealth Games: Malaysia announced offered £100m to help host the 2026 Games

Malaysia has announced that it has been offered £100 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 (CGF) to replace the state of Victoria as host country.

CGF said it was in “high-level discussions” with potential hosts.

A statement posted on the Olympic Council of Malaysia’s (OCM) website said the £100 million will 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.

A CGF spokesperson told BBC Sport that £100m of “financial and strategic support” was available for potential hosts as part of Victoria’s withdrawal settlement.

A statement said: “The CGF is engaged in a high level of engagement with potential hosts to secure solutions for the 2026 Games that will inspire athletes and support the transformation of the Games to a truly sustainable model. Confidential discussions are underway.

“Malaysia has an excellent track record in delivering sporting events, with the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur being a huge success. I was encouraged by their early concept of building a legacy.

“We welcome innovative proposals and are in positive discussions with potential hosts. We are committed to providing information.”

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

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

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