Commonwealth Games could come to Newport in 2026

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Wales's Geraint Thomas with the Gold Medal he won in the Commonwealth Road Race at Glasgow Green, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 3, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Cycling Road. Phot

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A RECORD-BREAKING Glasgow 2014 is over for our Welsh heroes but the Commonwealth Games could be on the way to Wales in 2026 – with Newport set to play a big part.

Sport Wales chief executive Sarah Powell, who has watched her athletes win a record haul of 36 medals in Scotland, says the country is considering a bid to host the Games in 12 years.

And she confirmed to the Argus that Newport, with the Wales National Velodrome and a new convention centre planned at Celtic Manor, is likely to figure in the bid.

“We do have the aspiration to host the Commonwealth Games,” said Powell.

“We're a great sporting nation, so why not? I think Glasgow is a really good example to us.

“Scotland is a small nation, but they've put everything behind it.

“The venues are a good size, there will be no white elephants afterwards and it has provided them an opportunity to show themselves on the world stage.

“This represents a real opportunity for us in Wales to look and learn from these Games and consider if we can do one.”

Cardiff staged the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958, when it was a smaller-scale event.

The Welsh Government has yet to commit to a bid for the 2026 Games, which is the next edition it could look to stage, but Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper confirmed talks are active.

“I'm more than happy to openly acknowledge we've had discussions (with Wales),” said Hooper.

“They've been very open about that for quite some time, both with the Commonwealth Games Association and indeed the minister of sport in Wales John Griffiths.”

And it seems there is a real possibility of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport teaming up to stage the Games.

“I wouldn't rule out hosting a multi-city Games; it's not a new concept," Hooper said.

“The distance would be far less in Wales compared to the set-up at Gold Coast in 2018 so it's a possibility.”

Powell told the Argus in Glasgow: “I don’t see why a multi-city bid couldn’t work.

“It will be a lot to do with economics and politics but we’ll leave that part of it to the Welsh Government.

“Newport has a lot of good facilities already and some exceptional athletes coming through so there are a lot of things that are positive about Newport.”

The Argus understands that the Celtic Manor could potentially host boxing, netball, wrestling, judo and gymnastics in a new exhibition centre scheduled to open in 2018.

And there is even the possibility of a new athletics stadium being built in the Newport area for the bid.

Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium could be adapted like Glasgow’s Hampden Park to fit in a 400m running track but a 300m warm-up track would also need to be constructed nearby.

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9:47am Mon 4 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

Newpot City council recently announces it must find 13 million in cuts !!.....SarahPowell wants to spend 450 million ( This is what the Glasgow games cost!!) to bring the games here......Its a fair bet she and the Celtic Manor will succeed.
Newpot City council recently announces it must find 13 million in cuts !!.....SarahPowell wants to spend 450 million ( This is what the Glasgow games cost!!) to bring the games here......Its a fair bet she and the Celtic Manor will succeed. thomas35
  • Score: -10

2:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Mark Poulton says...

Just travelling back to South Wales. It has been a fantastic 2 weeks in Glasgow that has transformed and regenerated the whole city and surrounding area. Not just in the infrastructure, but the positivity and feel good factor of the whole area and the people. We have been out and about every day and there has been no sign of trouble anywhere...just busy, but positive. This is a lasting legacy that would transform and improve South Wales. Bring it on I say. Get the bids in!
Just travelling back to South Wales. It has been a fantastic 2 weeks in Glasgow that has transformed and regenerated the whole city and surrounding area. Not just in the infrastructure, but the positivity and feel good factor of the whole area and the people. We have been out and about every day and there has been no sign of trouble anywhere...just busy, but positive. This is a lasting legacy that would transform and improve South Wales. Bring it on I say. Get the bids in! Mark Poulton
  • Score: 8

5:31pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Oh boy I can hardly wait! Let's add up some numbers.

- £1 billion for a new Newport bypass that will stretch a couple miles
- £500 million for upgraded sports facilities for the Commonwealth Games that will only be used once in a lifetime
- £250 million for new roads and facilities for these games
- £100 million for managerial and PR firms

Holy High Jumps Batman! In this time of supposed austerity, where are we going to get all the moolah for all this?

Oh yeah. . . I forgot. . . you and me. Time to start saving I guess.
Oh boy I can hardly wait! Let's add up some numbers. - £1 billion for a new Newport bypass that will stretch a couple miles - £500 million for upgraded sports facilities for the Commonwealth Games that will only be used once in a lifetime - £250 million for new roads and facilities for these games - £100 million for managerial and PR firms Holy High Jumps Batman! In this time of supposed austerity, where are we going to get all the moolah for all this? Oh yeah. . . I forgot. . . you and me. Time to start saving I guess. Paxman's Army
  • Score: -4

5:38pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

You know. . with the money that could be saved by not holding the games in Newport and taking a more logical option regarding the M4, we could finance not only a brand new Gwent hospital and fund local and national social services. . . but equal the GDP of several Commonwealth nations!
You know. . with the money that could be saved by not holding the games in Newport and taking a more logical option regarding the M4, we could finance not only a brand new Gwent hospital and fund local and national social services. . . but equal the GDP of several Commonwealth nations! Paxman's Army
  • Score: -7

5:59pm Mon 4 Aug 14

10101010 says...

I can only say thank god i will have escaped Newport and Wales by the time this comes around. The council can't afford the basics like bi weekly rubbish collections any more, but can find money for this. It's a joke!
I can only say thank god i will have escaped Newport and Wales by the time this comes around. The council can't afford the basics like bi weekly rubbish collections any more, but can find money for this. It's a joke! 10101010
  • Score: -6

7:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

russ angel says...

This could really pick things up here,it's a big deal.Look at the bigger picture.
This could really pick things up here,it's a big deal.Look at the bigger picture. russ angel
  • Score: 6

1:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

throwy1 says...

russ angel wrote:
This could really pick things up here,it's a big deal.Look at the bigger picture.
The big picture is simple. Newport gets a new stadium to host athletics and obtains Grants on the basis it will help the health of the citizens and be a sporting Legacy (where have I heard that before?). However as usual, refer to Manchester and London football will stick its oar in and hey presto Newport (joke) County have a new stadium yet again on the back of athletics.
[quote][p][bold]russ angel[/bold] wrote: This could really pick things up here,it's a big deal.Look at the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]The big picture is simple. Newport gets a new stadium to host athletics and obtains Grants on the basis it will help the health of the citizens and be a sporting Legacy (where have I heard that before?). However as usual, refer to Manchester and London football will stick its oar in and hey presto Newport (joke) County have a new stadium yet again on the back of athletics. throwy1
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Newportg says...

The whingers just love talking our city down!!

The games could be coming to Wales, not just to Newport. Another chance to heighten Newport's profile. Now won't that upset the doom mongers.
The whingers just love talking our city down!! The games could be coming to Wales, not just to Newport. Another chance to heighten Newport's profile. Now won't that upset the doom mongers. Newportg
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Wed 6 Aug 14

throwy1 says...

Newportg wrote:
The whingers just love talking our city down!!

The games could be coming to Wales, not just to Newport. Another chance to heighten Newport's profile. Now won't that upset the doom mongers.
Newport would not be capable of hosting the Commonwealth Games. There are only two cities in Wales with the infrastructure already in place, in a sporting sense to do it, Cardiff and Swansea. The only piece missing from either is a Vellodrome and both have 10 years to build one.
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: The whingers just love talking our city down!! The games could be coming to Wales, not just to Newport. Another chance to heighten Newport's profile. Now won't that upset the doom mongers.[/p][/quote]Newport would not be capable of hosting the Commonwealth Games. There are only two cities in Wales with the infrastructure already in place, in a sporting sense to do it, Cardiff and Swansea. The only piece missing from either is a Vellodrome and both have 10 years to build one. throwy1
  • Score: 0

5:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Newportg says...

throwy1 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
The whingers just love talking our city down!!

The games could be coming to Wales, not just to Newport. Another chance to heighten Newport's profile. Now won't that upset the doom mongers.
Newport would not be capable of hosting the Commonwealth Games. There are only two cities in Wales with the infrastructure already in place, in a sporting sense to do it, Cardiff and Swansea. The only piece missing from either is a Vellodrome and both have 10 years to build one.
Newport would not be hosting the games, Wales would. But since we already have certain facilities, i.e the velodrome, then some events could be held here!

It amazes me how people take any opportunity to talk our city down!!!
[quote][p][bold]throwy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: The whingers just love talking our city down!! The games could be coming to Wales, not just to Newport. Another chance to heighten Newport's profile. Now won't that upset the doom mongers.[/p][/quote]Newport would not be capable of hosting the Commonwealth Games. There are only two cities in Wales with the infrastructure already in place, in a sporting sense to do it, Cardiff and Swansea. The only piece missing from either is a Vellodrome and both have 10 years to build one.[/p][/quote]Newport would not be hosting the games, Wales would. But since we already have certain facilities, i.e the velodrome, then some events could be held here! It amazes me how people take any opportunity to talk our city down!!! Newportg
  • Score: 0

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