“In terms of connectivity, accessibility and passion for sport, Birmingham has to be in pole position to host the 2022 Games. The city is already a natural home for athletics and has the infrastructure, facilities and passion to deliver a truly memorable event, with a willing, diverse population befitting the ethos of the Games.

“There is real momentum behind the ongoing transformation of the city and the opportunity to showcase its stellar credentials on a global scale will bring long term rewards for residents and the business community alike.”