CGF offered Malaysia to host the Commonwealth Games 2026


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KUALA LUMPUR: The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has offered Malaysia the opportunity to replace Victoria as the host of the Commonwealth Games in 2026.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) in a statement said, the offer includes significant financial investment of £100m to support the local delivery and legacy planning of the 2026 edition.

The statement added, following a formal invitation from the CGF to the OCM as the Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) of Malaysia last month, OCM started discussions with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia on the possibility of staging the 2026 Commonwealth Games following the withdrawal of winning bidder Victoria, Australia last year.

“ In reference to the various news articles and comments from Minister of Youth and Sports, Hannah Yeoh relating to the issue, CGA Malaysia President, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr). Mohamad Norza Zakaria said, CGA Malaysia and CGF have been in discussions regarding the opportunity for Malaysia to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

“The last time Malaysia hosted the Commonwealth Games was in 1998, thus CGA Malaysia is of the opinion that the Government of Malaysia should consider this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“The associated support and financial investment will build on the success of Kuala Lumpur 1998 and put Malaysia back onto the world sporting map.

“With the existing world-class facilities, Malaysia is well-equipped to host an international event of Commonwealth magnitude involving 74 nations and territories,” said OCM in its statement. According to OCM, the hosting will involve minimal Government spending and bring significant socio-economic benefits to the country.

“It will also elevate the standard of Malaysia sports much like the way it did in the aftermath of the 1998 Games. To this end, the CGF and CGA Malaysia have offered an attractive proposal to the Government of Malaysia,” the statement said. –Malaysia World News


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