Malaysian government rejects 2026 Commonwealth Games bid | Sports News

Malaysia has rejected a bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, citing uncertainties about the impact on the economy and insufficient funding provided to host the tournament, the country’s sports ministry said on Friday.

Malaysia was asked to take over after the Australian state of Victoria pulled out, citing rising costs, and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had provided Malaysia with £100 million ($126.21 million) in support funds.

Malaysia’s Sports and Youth Ministry said in a statement that the proposal “cannot cover the total cost of hosting a major sporting event”.

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

The issue has received mixed reactions in Malaysia, with concerns over expenditure costs and lack of preparation time.

Victoria’s withdrawal from the hosting bid has thrown the future of the quadrennial multi-sport event into doubt, raising questions about the benefits and ongoing relevance of the tournament.

The British city of Birmingham, which was due to host the games in 2026, stepped in to save the 2022 Olympics after South Africa was stripped of the rights due to lack of preparations.

Birmingham’s decision to host in 2022 has forced the CGF to fast-track its search for a host for 2026, with Victoria the only viable candidate after several other cities withdrew from the bidding process due to cost concerns.

The tournament includes former British colonies as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa.

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