Alun Cairns Expresses Regret Over Welsh Commonwealth Decision

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Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State for Wales, has expressed his disappointment following the announcement that there will no Welsh bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games. The news came from Welsh Ministers, who said that funding uncertainty from Brexit was a factor.

Ken Skates, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, said:

“Given the high cost, our understanding that an all-Wales bid was less likely to be supported and the current funding uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU, we have reluctantly concluded that the bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games is not feasible”.

Cairns said:

“I am disappointed that the 2026 bid has been shelved, after having worked closely with a number of sporting bodies in Wales and the Commonwealth Games Federation to facilitate and encourage a major bid.

There are of course uncertainties about the world post-Brexit, but the economic benefits of the Commonwealth Games are vast. I cannot overstate the value of Wales continuing to cement an international reputation for hosting and delivering sporting and cultural events.

Now is the time to pursue the large economic prizes for Wales with the same spirit our footballers showed in the Euro 2016 tournament. The announcement today is all the more disappointing when the bid for the Commonwealth Games was only recently included in the manifestos of all political parties in Wales”.