Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester have expressed interest in hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022, after it was confirmed that Durban would not be able to host the event earlier this week.
The South African city was due to become the first city in Africa to host the Games in 2022, but was stripped of that right after David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, confirmed the city did not meet the criteria set by his organisation. The decision followed the launch of the baton relay at Buckingham Palace for the 2018 Gold Coast Games in Australia.
According to media reports, a bid from the UK cities to jointly host the Commonwealth Games would be considered by Games chiefs.
Grevemberg, who spoke at Sport Industry NextGen: A Celebration in February, stated that officials were looking to make a quick decision on a new bid.
“We are interested in looking at different delivery models and part of our strategic plan is to look at more affordable and appealing structures for hosting major events," said Grevemberg.
"There is a possibility in the future that we could look at combined events but at this point in time we are trying to ensure we deliver the best possible Games in the best possible city.
"Right now we are not speculating on any specific candidates over another.
"We really need to look over the context, time available, infrastructure, what is the resourcing base and ensure that we are able to have a good fit and a good partner."