Adelaide, Australia has become the latest potential host city for the 2026 Commonwealth Games to withdraw its candidacy. That leaves no publicly-confirmed bidders for the event.
As has become the norm for major multi-sport hosting events, most of the cities that expressed interest in hosting 2026 have eventually pulled out, with most citing costs and other economic factors. As the Commonwealth Games approaches its 100 year anniversary in 2030, there is more interest expected for the ceremonial next edition (especially from Canada, which hosted the first edition in 1930 in Hamilton). But for 2026, the field has been whittled down to 2 before the CGF General Assembly is due to evaluate the bids next year.
An independent financial analysis estimated that the event would cost Adelaide $2.4 billion and only bring an estimated economic benefit of around $800 million. A lack of existing sporting infrastructure was also cited as a driving factor in the withdrawal. Sport Minister Corey Wingard said that 2030 or 2034 bids were still a possibility as new sporting facilities are built for other reasons, thus reducing the Games-specific cost of the event.
The city previously bid for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, but lost to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiai by a vote of 40-25.
In spite of the Express interest and Commitment to bid deadlines having passed in 2018, there are no official bids put forward at this time. Both the Malaysian state capital of Shah Alam and the Papau New Guinean capital of Port Moresby have expressed interest in bidding, but neither is formally committed or has put together a formal plan, and Port Moresby’s interest has been quiet for several years.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be hosted in Birmingham, England, which replaced the original bid winner of Durban, South Africa.
The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event held every 4 years to host competition between member state of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association that currently includes 53 sovereign states; most of them are former British colonies or dependencies of those colonies.