“We are proud to be investing in Birmingham and are in full support of the city’s bid for the Games. The event and its legacy would bring an unprecedented lift in confidence and opportunities not only to the city and its people, but also to the wider West Midlands region.

“Birmingham is an ideal location for the Games, as it has much to offer in terms of venues, culture and home grown sporting excellence. The city is geographically at the heart of the UK and home to a vibrant community, who would undoubtedly embrace the opportunity to host a Games the Commonwealth countries will never forget.”