“I was an athlete myself at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and I love the idea that 36 years later it could be in Birmingham. I could probably still do the routine! The Commonwealth Games is a wonderful event and it has done wonderful things for Glasgow. I think Birmingham is a city with rising confidence. It seems to have undergone a lot of transformation and has wonderful sporting facilities – you wouldn’t have to do all that much to be ready for a Games. I would think it has every chance.”