Sri Lanka has emerged as a potential bidder for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, at a time when attempts to stage the event in Hamilton have stalled.
The Hamilton 2026 Bid Committee is to "defer to the province" after the Ontario Government ruled out supporting a bid from Hamilton to host the Commonwealth Games before 2027, but began dialogue with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
Hopes that Adelaide would step in as potential hosts for the 2026 Commonwealth Games are officially over after Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) announced it had given up hope of persuading the South Australia Government to back a bid.
Any hope that Adelaide would step into the breach and offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games appear to have been ended before the campaign has even properly started after the South Australian Government ruled they would not change their minds about bidding.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) says no discussions have taken place over moving the 2026 edition of the Commonwealth Games to 2027.
The Hamilton Bid Committee is "hopeful and optimistic" that staging the Commonwealth Games in 2026 remains a possibility, despite the office of the Ontario Premier encouraging the organisation to instead pursue hosting the event at a later date.
A study commissioned by the Hamilton 2026 Bid Committee says that staging the Games would contribute between CAD300 million (£176 million/$224 million/€193 million) and CAD374 million (£219 million/$279 million/€240 million) to the city's gross domestic product.
Hamilton 2026 has welcomed news of a CAD400 million (£233 million/$295 million/€258 million) renovation of the city’s arts and entertainment district, which will include a modernised arena, a newly renovated convention centre and the renovation of a concert hall.
The group organising Hamilton's bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games has been given a September deadline by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to secure Government support.
There are fears that if Hamilton is chosen to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games it could put at risk Toronto's chances of staging matches in the FIFA World Cup, which Canada is due to co-host with the United States and Mexico.
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Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg has said the organisation is working flexibly with Hamilton over the prospect of the Canadian city hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games, framing the event as a potential stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hamilton 100 are working to develop a potential plan for a 2026 Commonwealth Games, after the group were encouraged to consider switching from their initial aim to host the multi-sport event in 2030.
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The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has distanced itself from comments made by Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) chief executive Brian MacPherson claiming the CGF had given Hamilton "first and sole consideration" to host the Games in 2026.