“It is the news we have been waiting for and indeed, expecting. Britain’s second city, our city, Birmingham, has won the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. What a fantastic result for sport in the Midlands and what a great outcome for our ‘Powerhouse’ city. The benefits of the Games will reach far and wide. They will not only bring about new infrastructure developments to the area to be enjoyed by generations to come but also provide opportunities for us to see world class sport as well as providing volunteering, jobs and business opportunities to the local community. Birmingham should feel very proud of its achievement and our thanks must go to all those people and organisations who have supported the bid. The Birmingham Commonwealth Association looks forward to working with the Games team over the next four years to bring this exciting opportunity to a successful fruition.”