ARGUS COMMENT: Why not a Welsh Games?

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THE Commonwealth Games were a resounding success for Glasgow.

The profile of the city, and Scotland as a whole, has never been higher. And there has been significant regeneration of some of the city's most run-down areas.

So why should the same not happen in Wales?

As we reported yesterday, Sport Wales believes the country should bid to host the Games in 2026.

In the immediate afterglow of a record-beating medals haul, it might be too easy to go along with the argument.

But, if Glasgow's example is followed, it makes sense.

A Welsh bid would need to be a three-city affair with events in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.

Newport already has the Wales National Velodrome and by then will most likely have a well-established international conference centre at the Celtic Manor Resort that could host a number of indoor sports such as boxing and gymnastics.

The next Games, in 2018, are being staged in the Gold Coast region of Australia rather than a specific host city, so the precedent of a multi-venue event will have been set.

Yes, staging the Commonwealth Games will involve a significant investment of public funds. But such investment has had long-term benefits for Manchester and that looks to be the case for Glasgow.

By 2026, it will be almost 70 years since Wales last staged the Games. Let's be brave and do it again.

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12:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

It's a pity the Welsh Games won't be ready in time for President Obama's visit next month. We could have put on a Welsh rodeo - albeit with sheep:)
It's a pity the Welsh Games won't be ready in time for President Obama's visit next month. We could have put on a Welsh rodeo - albeit with sheep:) Katie Re-Registered
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1:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Because we can't afford it and don't want here.

It's like a junior school sports day compared to the Olympics.
Because we can't afford it and don't want here. It's like a junior school sports day compared to the Olympics. Good Job No Kids
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3:43pm Tue 5 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

The Commonwealth games is definitely far cheaper to stage than the Olympics but would still involve a significant outlay with no guarantee of making a return on the investment.

However, it isn't something that should be dismissed out of hand either. A marathon course over some of the hills surrounding Newport would certainly prove a challenge for even the hardiest of athletes
The Commonwealth games is definitely far cheaper to stage than the Olympics but would still involve a significant outlay with no guarantee of making a return on the investment. However, it isn't something that should be dismissed out of hand either. A marathon course over some of the hills surrounding Newport would certainly prove a challenge for even the hardiest of athletes -trigg-
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8:58pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Can Wales really host the Commonwealth Games when it is not a country its often referred as a principality.
Can Wales really host the Commonwealth Games when it is not a country its often referred as a principality. Limestonecowboy
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