Liverpool has confirmed its interest in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games following reports that Durban may be unable to stage the event.
South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula has admitted that financial constraints could prevent the country from holding the tournament and Liverpool has positioned itself as a potential alternative.
A Liverpool City Council spokesperson says: “Liverpool is interested in hosting the games in 2022. We had heard Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson previously expressed interest in bringing the Commonwealth Games to the city in 2026, but Durban’s possible withdrawal could see the sporting event take place here four years earlier.
Several of Liverpool’s biggest venues have hosted sporting events in the past, including Echo Arena Liverpool, while the recently upgraded Anfield Stadium has branched out into sports beyond football.
Meanwhile, Sport England funding is being invested into upgrades for Liverpool Tennis Centre and the track facilities at Wavertree Athletics Centre.
Durban was awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games in 2015 after emerging as the only bidder.
The Commonwealth Games Federation is set to make a final decision on whether the South African city can host the competition.