The Mayor of Liverpool has demanded answers over how the Government allowed Birmingham to submit a non-compliant bid for the Commonwealth Games after the race for the 2022 event was dramatically reopened.
Joe Anderson declared the decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation to rule Birmingham’s bid “not fully compliant” raised serious questions for the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), which last month chose the city to go forward ahead of Liverpool as the UK’s official bid.
Birmingham was the only bid lodged before last Saturday’s deadline but that was extended on Friday until November 30 amid concerns by the CGF about the city’s proposal, particularly around Government guarantees and the acquisition of land for its proposed athletes’ village.
Anderson told the Liverpool Echo: “Our bid was compliant, so there are definitely questions to be asked of DCMS about how a non-compliant bid was allowed to be submitted.
“This was the Government’s chosen bid for the international competition and we always believed that Liverpool’s transformational and exciting bid would be more successful at that level with the Commonwealth Games Federation.”
Liverpool lost out to Birmingham after the Government opted for the latter’s more functional and cost-effective bid for Games left without a host when South African city Durban was stripped of the event in March.