“Birmingham has an unparalleled track record in staging major sporting events, including international athletics such as the Diamond League at Alexander Stadium. We have seen World, Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth champions compete in the stadium and we regularly see youngsters from sports and community clubs participating at a grassroots level. The enhanced and refurbished stadium that will result from a Birmingham 2022 Games will help to continue our sport’s legacy and benefit future generations of athletes.

“With the Indoor World Championships returning to Birmingham next year and USA and Jamaica again choosing Birmingham for their training bases, the City’s reputation for having fantastic facilities, being perfectly located and being welcoming hosts is internationally recognised. As the City of Running and as home to UK Athletics, I encourage athletes and fans to get behind the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.”