Australia’s Victoria state to host 2026 Commonwealth Games

The Australian state of Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the government confirmed on Tuesday.

Victoria confirmed to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 (Reuters photo)

Victoria confirmed to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 (Reuters photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Australian state of Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games
  • No other nation showed interest in taking a 2026 slot
  • New Zealand Olympic Committee congratulated Victoria

The Australian state of Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games with a strong focus on boosting the regional economy.

Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, was given an exclusive negotiating window to secure hosting rights for the Games in February.

“It is a great honor to have chosen Victoria to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games – we can’t wait to welcome the world across our state,” Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

The quadrennial Games, a multi-sports gathering for mostly former British colonies, has struggled to stay relevant, with four of the last five editions in Australia or Great Britain.

Outside of Australia, no other countries or cities have expressed interest in taking the vacant 2026 slot.

The Games will be spread across four regional hubs in the state, in the cities of Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland, creating a new multi-city model for the event, the government of Victoria said.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee congratulated Victoria.

“Bringing the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Victoria is fantastic news for New Zealand,” the NZOC said in a statement.

Australia last hosted the Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, while Melbourne hosted the 2006 edition.

The English city of Birmingham will host the 2022 edition from July 28 through August. 8, after replacing South Africa, which was stripped of them in 2017 due to lack of progress in their preparations.

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