Boost for Sandwell as Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid is backed

Sandwell Council today joined the celebrations as hopes of hosting part of the 2022 Commonwealth games moved a step closer.

The council plans to build a new leisure centre and a 10 lane, 50 metre swimming pool, with a separate diving pool, which has been earmarked as the aquatics centre if Birmingham wins its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Today it was announced that Birmingham has been chosen ahead of Liverpool as the preferred UK host city. It will now go on a shortlist and a final decision is expected later this year.

Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Steve Eling said: “We’re delighted with the news that Birmingham has been selected as the preferred UK city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“This is great for the region including Sandwell which will be the host venue for diving and swimming at the games if the final bid is successful.

“There’s still a long way to go but I’m hopeful that we can make it over the finish line in first place and win the bid.”

Councillor Richard Marshall, Sandwell’s cabinet member for Leisure added: “It’s great news that we’re a step closer to Birmingham winning the bid which means Sandwell will help host the games.

“We’re very excited to be moving ahead with plans for a new pool and leisure centre regardless of the outcome of the bid. However if Birmingham is successful, our plans will include a 10 lane, 50 metre pool and separate diving pool.”

Plans for the new leisure centre will be subject to further council reports and approvals.

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