“Birmingham is a dynamic city with a fantastic track record of hosting major events – entertainment, business, political as well as sporting – so would be ideal for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“The economic lift of these events is well-known but the Commonwealth Games also serve to showcase to the world not just Birmingham as a city but also the region it serves.

“We’re 100% behind this bid because we whole-heartedly agree with the legacy it would leave – creating better prospects and lives as well as improving communities.

“No other UK city embodies the Commonwealth better than Birmingham.  The diversity of our population coupled with its global profile and world-class stadia combine to make it a natural fit to host the games.

“It’s a tough and competitive process but Birmingham has a track record of delivering world-class, showpiece events.  At RLB, we know Birmingham will deliver a Commonwealth Games everyone will remember, for all the right reasons, for years to come.”