Commonwealth Games, 2026: Australia Pulls Herself Out as a Host!

Published - Tue, Jul 18, 2023 10:15 PM
Author : Mohit Pandey

The multi-sport event, Commonwealth  Games was supposed to take place in Victoria, Australia, in 2026. It has been scrapped due to a sharp increase in the estimated costs.

Daniel Andrews, the state premier of Victoria, stated that although his administration had initially committed to hosting the event every four years, they were unwilling to do so "at any cost." The cost to stage the Games in five remote locations, which was originally estimated to be 2.6 billion Australian dollars ($1.8 billion), has now risen to as much as 7 billion Australian dollars ($4.8 billion).

Commonwealth Games

In a press conference, Andrews said it was now clear the projected cost of hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games. It would be much more than the $2.6 billion initial budget. Andrews made it clear that he would not use money from vital institutions. Like hospitals and schools to support an event that cost three times as much as originally planned.

As a result, he announced that the 2026 Games would not take place in Victoria. The regional hubs of Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Gippsland, and Shepparton were designated as host locations for the event. It was initially scheduled to take place from March 17–29.

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In response to Victoria's decision to resign as the 2026 Commonwealth Games host, the Commonwealth Games Federation expressed its profound disappointment. The organization realised how this choice would affect the competitors and said that it was seeking counsel to look into other options for the competition in 2026.

The regional, multi-city host concept and the government's decision to change venue designs. And add more sports were primarily to blame for the expected cost increase.

In comparison to the figures provided to the Organising Committee board in June, the mentioned sum of $6 billion marks a 50% increase. The unique regional delivery model Victoria chose. It is mostly to blame for these price increases, especially when it comes to building the village. It also includes venues, and transportation infrastructure.

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  • Sweta Pandey
    Tue, Jul 18, 2023 10:50 PM

    Great article?


  • Kapil Jadon
    Thu, Jul 20, 2023 2:12 PM

    Great Article


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