Regional Victoria announced as host of 2026 Commonwealth Games | Victory

Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, premier, announced Daniel Andrews.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while the games will be largely based in the Victoria region.

Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland will each host their own country of athletes and sports programs, and Shepparton is also scheduled to host sporting and cultural events.

Andrews thanked the Commonwealth Games Authority for accepting the offer, which was the first to propose a primarily regional event.

“It’s different,” Andrews said in Ballarat. “I’m sure, from his point of view, it’s a little riskier than just running in the middle of a big city.

“But to do this and to do good and we will do … [it’s] an opportunity like no other. “

The government will invest in community infrastructure, including housing and sports facilities around the world that Andrews said will become a “sustainable heritage” and attract future events.

He said the games contribute more than $ 3 billion to the Victoria economy, creating more than 600 full-time jobs before the games, 3,900 jobs during and another 3,000 jobs after the end.

The cost of managing the event is yet to be revealed, but Andrews described it as an “investment”.

An initial 16 sports have been proposed for the event, with more sports to be added later this year.

Ballarat will host athletics and boxing; Bendigo will be home to bowling, netball, squash and weightlifting; Gippsland will have badminton and cycling; and Geelong will host beach volleyball, diving, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis and triathlon events.

T20 cricket will also be played across the four regional centers.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said Commonwealth Games Australia and the Victorian government had set out a “bold and innovative vision” for the event.

“At Victoria, we believe we have found the perfect partner for the next leg of our journey,” Martin said in a statement.

“This is a very special moment for the Commonwealth sports family and, on behalf of the whole movement, I would like to congratulate the Commonwealth Games Australia and Victoria on their presentation of successful games.

“We look forward to a bright future as we work together to stage a Commonwealth Games like no other.”

Commonwealth Games Australia President Ben Houston has said home matches will provide “immeasurable benefits” to athletes in the run-up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games, describing them as “three home games”. “for athletes in six years.

Houston has also indicated at the upcoming international basketball, cycling, football and rugby events that will be hosted in Australia.

“It’s going to be a ‘green and gold’ festival for a decade,” Houston said.

Australian Olympic Committee Director-General Matt Carroll has agreed.

“With Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympics, we now have a second major home game in perspective,” Carroll said. “The Olympic Games and the Commonwealth share so many member sports.”

Victoria’s opposition leader Matthew Guy said the hospitality of the Commonwealth Games outside Melbourne was “exceptional” for regional parts of the state.

“The whole concept, the whole initiative has the support of the liberal and national parties,” he said.

“The Commonwealth Games are a great idea for the country and the Victoria region. It’s one I like to say has bipartisan support.”

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The announcement comes after reports that the Commonwealth Games Federation was struggling to find a host for the 2026 Games.

Durban, South Africa, has been stripped of its right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to financial problems and has been replaced by Birmingham, England, which was originally scheduled to host 2026, leaving a vacancy.

Perth withdrew from the process earlier this year, with the Western Australian government citing the uncertainty posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and at least $ 1 billion in investment needed to establish the necessary infrastructure. Kuala Lumpur, Cardiff, Calgary, Edmonton and Adelaide were all withdrawn prior to the proposed offer.

Tasmania has formally asked Hobart and Launceston to be considered as hosts or co-hosts for the event, but they have not been successful.

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