“Events like this give a city a real buzz. Look at the London Olympics and Manchester in 2002, the atmosphere was incredible and I’d love to see that happen here.

“With venues like the Alexander Stadium and the NIA that already host international athletics, plus Villa Park, Edgbaston, the NEC and the rest – a Birmingham Games would be fantastic. Bringing the bid forward from 2026 is no problem at all – in fact, if needed we could probably host it next year in 2018 and still do a brilliant job.

“Can’t wait to see it happen – I’d call on the Government to select Birmingham for the UK’s bid right away… this is a no-brainer.”