Officers to make main announcement on potential Commonwealth Video games bid

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Particulars on a possible joint Calgary-Edmonton bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Video games are set to be revealed Wednesday by a grassroots Alberta group, alongside municipal and provincial authorities officers.

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A information convention deliberate for Wednesday, hosted by a gaggle known as the Alberta 2030 Commonwealth Video games Corp., will characteristic Commonwealth Sport Canada president Claire Carver-Dias, Alberta Tradition Minister Jason Luan, Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Edmonton Mayor Amarjit Sohi and Tsuut’ina Nation Chief Roy Whitney, in addition to a number of different group leaders and Alberta athletes.

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Based on a media advisory, the announcement will “formally launch an exploration course of that can assess the feasibility of bidding to host the Commonwealth Video games in Alberta.”

The Commonwealth Video games are held each 4 years, that includes athletes from 72 nations and territories. The 2022 Video games, held in Birmingham, England final August, noticed greater than 5,000 rivals take part in 20 sports activities.

A Hamilton, Ont.-based bid for the 2030 Video games fell aside final month, paving the best way for Alberta to throw its hat within the ring. Whereas nothing has been confirmed, officers have since hinted an area bid could also be within the works.

“We’ve a really energetic group in our group that want to see the Commonwealth Video games come right here — they’ve been very vocal about that,” Gondek stated on Feb. 14. “Whether or not or not we entertain that as a council is a call that might come earlier than us.”

When requested by reporters Tuesday, Gondek wouldn’t touch upon the potential bid or the approaching Wednesday press convention.

“Tomorrow, we’ll inform you all the pieces,” she stated.

Chris Dornan, a spokesperson for the Alberta 2030 Commonwealth Video games Corp., stated the group comprised of group builders has been working with Commonwealth Sport Canada, Indigenous teams and all ranges of presidency on the potential bid.

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“This exploration has included enterprise and institutional organizations, venue operators and varied group teams and advocates to evaluate the worth of bringing the Commonwealth Video games to communities all through the province,” he stated.

Edmonton beforehand hosted the Commonwealth Video games in 1978 — ensuing within the development of the namesake Commonwealth Stadium — and each Calgary and Edmonton have had teams lately vying for his or her metropolis to host the 2022 or 2026 Video games.

Final week, on the inaugural assembly of Calgary council’s multisport fieldhouse committee — a gaggle tasked with bringing the town its first fieldhouse — metropolis officers stated they’re talking with Commonwealth Video games counterparts about how such a facility might see the town ready to host the Video games.

“We’ll be working carefully with the Commonwealth Video games of us,” Heather Johnson, the town’s director of recreation, advised committee members.

The 2026 Video games might be hosted by the state of Victoria in Australia — that includes a multi-city idea just like the Alberta bid.

— With recordsdata from Brodie Thomas

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