The Australian state of Victoria has been formally introduced as host of the 2026 Commonwealth Video games.
It’ll mark the primary time a state or area has been awarded the Video games, and the sixth time they’ve been staged in Australia.
Victoria emerged as favorite from various events in Australia, and entered right into a interval of exclusivity with the Commonwealth Video games Federation in February.
Sixteen sports activities, all of that are additionally a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, have been confirmed on the preliminary programme, with as much as seven extra set to be added earlier than the tip of the yr.
The Victoria Video games shall be staged throughout a number of cities together with Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland, with the opening ceremony on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.
Melbourne additionally hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Video games, which had been thought-about to be among the many most profitable ever.
CGF president Dame Louise Martin mentioned: “The Commonwealth Video games Federation is completely delighted to award the 2026 Commonwealth Video games to Victoria.
“Commonwealth Video games Australia and the Victorian Authorities have set out a daring and modern imaginative and prescient that gives an thrilling new blueprint for internet hosting our main multi-sport occasion.”