Birmingham might host Olympics having ‘completely embraced’ Commonwealth Video games

Crowds have flocked to the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham this summer time (Zac Goodwin/PA) (PA Wire)

Birmingham 2022 board member Ama Agbeze is happy with how her metropolis has “completely embraced” the Commonwealth Video games, and now believes it is able to stage an Olympics sooner or later.

Over 1.4 million tickets have been bought, comfortably breaking the UK Video games attendance document set at Glasgow in 2014, whereas the 160,000 tickets bought for the ladies’s T20 cricket represents a world document for a ladies’s cricket competitors.

It has been putting how even the competitions outdoors of the sports activities mainstream – akin to garden bowls and three×3 basketball – have been performed in entrance of packed crowds on the venues in Birmingham and throughout the West Midlands.

Councillor Ian Ward, the Chief of Birmingham Metropolis Council, didn’t rule out an Olympics bid when requested about it on the eve of those Video games, whereas Sports activities Minister Nigel Huddleston mentioned the concept of staging an Olympic Video games away from London in 2036 or 2040 is an “engaging” one.

Agbeze, who’s from Selly Oak and who captained England’s netball group to gold on the 2018 Video games on the Gold Coast, was requested whether or not she thought an Olympics bid was too formidable.

“It’s not formidable – Birmingham is prepared now. If the UK did again one other bid, I believe we’ve proven that Birmingham can host main occasions,” she mentioned.

“We’ll all take learnings from these Video games and transfer ahead. I believe we’re prepared, so if anybody is listening, Boris (Johnson) or whoever his successor is, I believe we must always bid for that and Birmingham is prepared.

“The crowds have been unbelievable. It’s been the primary multi-sport occasion (for the reason that Covid pandemic started) the place there have been crowds. The British public have simply embraced it completely. It’s been nice for the athletes, they’ve thrived off the environment.

Australian fans soak up the atmosphere at the beach volleyball event at Smithfield (Bradley Collyer/PA) (PA Wire)

Australian followers absorb the environment on the seaside volleyball occasion at Smithfield (Bradley Collyer/PA) (PA Wire)

“It simply reveals that individuals are craving the chance to get out and luxuriate in sport.”

The Paterson household are spending every week on the Video games having travelled down from Edinburgh final Sunday.

Seven-year-old Rory Paterson mentioned he and his household had already seen rugby sevens, 3×3 basketball, desk tennis and seaside volleyball, and so they had been again on the seaside volleyball on Friday afternoon.

His brother Ben, 12, mentioned: “We love sport as a household. I compete in athletics and we simply like it, it’s actually entertaining and we actually get pleasure from it.”

There are a great deal of volunteers, the kids have had hundreds of high-fives, they’ve been loving it.

Commonwealth Video games spectator Andrew Paterson

His mum Maryanne mentioned the organisation had been actually clean of their expertise, and her husband Andrew advised PA: “There are a great deal of volunteers, the kids have had hundreds of high-fives, they’ve been loving it.”

For the Jagdev household from Wolverhampton – dad Avtar, mum Sukhy and their youngsters Ekam and Pareesa, the seaside volleyball can be their one style of the Video games.

Avtar mentioned: “I believed it might be good to get to at least one occasion, it’s one thing particular for the realm.”

The occasion is occurring towards the backdrop of a cost-of-living disaster, however Avtar mentioned that had not deterred them from making an attempt to get tickets.

“We’d prefer to get to extra occasions as a household. That is one thing that possibly solely occurs as soon as in a lifetime,” he added.