The UK is set to offer to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as the government seeks an international platform to showcase its vision of a “Global Britain” after Brexit.
On Friday, the UK government said it is asking British cities to work up proposals to fill the void left by the South African city of Durban, which has been forced to surrender the event because of financial issues.
A number of English cities have expressed an interest in hosting the 2022 games, including Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester.
Karen Bradley, culture minister, said the government will back a British bid based on “important factors such as the economic benefits the Games could deliver to the UK . . . through international trade, investment and tourism opportunities”.
“Hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022 could give us an opportunity to step up and show the very best of Global Britain as an outward-looking nation that is confident on the world stage,” she said. “So it’s only right that we look into the potential for hosting one of the world’s biggest sporting events on home soil.”
Britain could face opposition from cities in Australia and Canada, which are also considering bids. The Commonwealth Games Federation, the governing body for the event, will decide on a replacement host later this year.