Costs of 2022 Commonwealth Games in Victoria expected to total C$995m
Hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada is expected to cost C$995 million ($787 million), according to the bid committee attempting to bring the games to the city.
Victoria is bidding to host the games after Durban in South Africa was stripped of the right by the Commonwealth Games Federation for failing to meet a range of guarantees.
The bid committee, which is being headed up by David Black, the Canadian newspaper magnate, estimates that the games could be paid for by a C$400-million grant from the federal government, plus C$400 million from the province of British Columbia and a further C$25 million from the local municipalities.
In addition, the group claims that C$130 million can be brought in through sponsorship deals.
The budget does not include additional security costs.
The investment would include building a C$600-million athletes village which would be converted into housing once the games were over.
Victoria previously staged the games in 1994.
The CGF is due to announce the host of the 2022 games at the end of this year. Liverpool and Birmingham in England have formally launched bids to be the English candidate for the games, while cities in Australia and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia are also in the running to host the event.
The next Commonwealth Games take place in Gold Coast, Australia next April.
• Birmingham 2022 announced today that Victoria Park in Leamington Spa in the West Midlands will be the venue for the lawn bowls event at the games if the city’s bid is successful.
The park, which is home to Bowls England and the English National Bowls Championship, has hosted two women’s World Bowls Championships in 1996 and 2004.
Five greens would be used for the lawn bowls and para lawn bowls competitions.
Birmingham’s plans for the games include the construction of an aquatics centre, which would be the sole venue construction project, and the use of several existing sports venues around the city.
NEC, one of the leading exhibition spaces in Europe, would stage boxing, judo, table tennis and freestyle wrestling, while the adjacent Genting Arena would host badminton and the Barclaycard Arena in the city centre would be home to artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.
Villa Park, home to soccer’s second-tier Aston Villa, is the proposed rugby sevens venue, while the Ericsson Indoor Arena, home to Wasps Netball, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, would stage the netball competition.
An upgraded Alexander Stadium, one of the UK's leading athletics venues, would host the opening and closing ceremonies. as well as track and field.