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  • Liverpool 2022 Applauds Hard-Work Following Unsuccessful Bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games


    The Liverpool 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Team has today applauded the hard-work and immense support of the city, following the disappointing news that it has been unsuccessful in its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

    Throughout the journey, the people of Liverpool have come together under the banner of the Commonwealth and shown the world their unique welcome, sports-mad nature and stunning city. The bid process has reinforced the importance for transformation in the city, and the plans that were made throughout the bid will provide a springboard for a host of future developments.

    Liverpool 2022 Bid Chairman, Brian Barwick, said:

    “It is a great shame that our transformational bid for Liverpool to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has not made it through to the next stage of this bidding process, but we are proud to have put together such a bold plan, and it has been incredible to see the city unite behind a common cause and come together under the banner of the Commonwealth.

    “I’d like to congratulate the city of Birmingham on making it to the next phase, and would like to offer this city’s support to the bid as it aims to represent the UK internationally. It will be great to see the Commonwealth Games back in the UK and we wish Birmingham well for the next stage in this process.

    "I would also like to pay tribute to the hard-working and super-talented team that put the Liverpool Bid together and am sure in due course a lot of positives will come through for the city from their endeavours."

    Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson, added:

    “I am hugely disappointed not to have won the UK nomination for Commonwealth Games 2022. I believed our bid was an excellent bid and one which deserved to win. We are extremely proud of the work we put in to building a plan for what would have been an exciting and transformational games and a powerful example of the potential of the Northern Powerhouse.

    “It was an opportunity to accelerate growth and develop North Liverpool creating thousands of jobs and new revenue for our City. We are not afraid to be ambitious and Liverpool is a city which is proud of our pioneering and innovative history as the front door to the Commonwealth. Our caring and welcoming people, and a stunning world famous waterfront, would have been the centrepiece of our transformational games.

    “I want to thank Brian Barwick who I appointed as Chair of our Board and Denise Barret Baxendale as Deputy Chair for their devotion, dedication and exemplary leadership. Many others contributed and I want to give a special thanks for their energy and commitment including Steve Parry, Beth Tweddle and Tony Bellow who showcased some of the best of our sports strengths on the bid team. Finally, I’d like to offer my congratulations to Birmingham and wish them well going forwards.”

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    John Zerafa, VERO
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