JUST IN: Malaysia Rejects Offer To Host 2026 Commonwealth Games

Malaysia Rejects Offer To Host 2026 Commonwealth Games

Malaysia Rejects Offer To Host 2026 Commonwealth Games

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Malaysia has rejected an offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the country's sports ministry has said.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) offered Malaysia £100m as supporting funds after the Australian state of Victoria withdrew as host.
But Malaysia's sports ministry said the offer “will not cover the overall cost of hosting a large-scale sports ”.

“Additionally, the economic impact could not be identified in this short timeframe,” it added.
Victoria's withdrawal as host last July, because of soaring costs, has raised questions over the future of the Games.
Birmingham, which had been due to host in 2026, stepped in to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games when the South city of Durban was stripped of hosting rights after running into troubles and key deadlines.

President of Commonwealth Games Association of Malaysia Mohamad Norza Zakaria had said the chance to host in 2026 was a “once in a lifetime opportunity to build on the success of 1998” – the only previous occasion the country has hosted the Games.
But Malaysia's sports minister Hannah Yeoh said on Thursday it may be best for the country not to host if public funds are needed to stage the event.

The of Alberta, has pulled its support for a bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games due to rising costs.
Alberta's withdrawal means there are also currently no other firm bids to host the 2030 Games.

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