Officials of the University of Birmingham are in cloud nine after the city won the hosting right for the 2022 Olympic Games.
The Commonwealth Games Federation named Birmingham, England as the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
Birmingham 2022, which is expected to take place from 27 July – 7 August 2022, marks 20 years since Manchester 2002, the last time the Games were held in England.
Also, staff and students of one of the UK’s leading universities noted for providing a world-class training environment on its Edgbaston Campus, are looking forward to having athletes compete for honours in the campus.
University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood
said: “The University of Birmingham is honoured to have been part of this
successful bid to bring such a prestigious sporting event to our home
“Birmingham is a global university and we have invested significantly in new sporting facilities that match the reputation we enjoy around the world. I look forward to welcoming athletes from every part of the
Commonwealth to our beautiful campus and wish them every sporting success
for the Games.”
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Hockey champion Lily Owsley who currently trains at the University also expressed her views on the bid success.
“Since becoming a student at Birmingham I’ve had the benefit of being able to study, train and play on this fantastic campus, with world class facilities and support,” she stated.
“A home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 will certainly be an
incentive for me to continue playing to make the England team for 2022,
and play on home ground here on campus. I’m sure it will also inspire many
other young players to live their dream of playing for England in a major
Games on home turf.”
Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport, University of Birmingham, also
President of the European Squash Federation and member of Birmingham
Commonwealth Games Steering Group, said: “It is absolutely fantastic news
that Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“The city of Birmingham and the University has a long and pioneering heritage and passion for sport, and this is a once in a lifetime
opportunity to welcome the world to a recently transformed city, and a global sporting city. We are absolutely delighted to be a part of such an exciting project for the city.
“With the University’s new world-class facilities, including hockey and squash, having the Games here will truly recognise Birmingham as a city of sport, and a city with the venues and capabilities of hosting such
exciting international sporting events.”