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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN 2026

Context

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Victoria, Australia, in 2026. During the games, emphasis will also be placed on bolstering the region's economy.

Key Points

  • To acquire the hosting rights for the Commonwealth Games, the capital of Victoria, Melbourne, was granted an exclusive negotiating time.
  • The Commonwealth Games are losing their lustre, with four of the last five editions taking place in the United Kingdom or Australia.
  • Except for Australia, no other country declared interest in hosting the Games in 2026.
  • The 2026 Games will be held in Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, and Ballarat, requiring the implementation of a new multi-city format. 

Previously held Commonwealth Games in Australia

  • Australia held the Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, and Melbourne hosted the Games in 2006.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in 2022

  • Birmingham, England, will host the 2022 games from July 28th to August 8th.
  • Previously, South Africa was scheduled to host this year's edition, but their hosting rights were revoked due to a lack of progress in their preparations.

Concerning the Commonwealth Games

  • Commonwealth Games are also known as the Friendly Games. 
  • It is an international multi-sport event conducted every four years that includes competitors from the Commonwealth of Nations. 
  • The first such games took place in 1930.

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