Reduce expenditures and prioritize sports in order to salvage the Commonwealth Games.

David Judson Viner on the importance and sustainability of hosting the Commonwealth Games

There is a growing likelihood that the immensely successful Birmingham Commonwealth Games of 2022 could potentially be the last ever. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can learn from the 1948 London Olympic Games, known as the “Austerity Games,” which demonstrated that it is not necessary to spend exorbitant amounts of money on staging major sporting events.

Instead of focusing on lavish hospitality for VIPs, such as extravagant hotels, business-class airfares, and limousines, future Commonwealth Games should prioritize the sports themselves. We should not be distracted by grandiose opening and closing ceremonies. Whenever possible, existing sports venues should be utilized.

The Commonwealth Games play a crucial role in providing a platform for aspiring athletes to represent their countries in world championships and the Olympic Games. Many sports rely on the exposure and opportunities that the Commonwealth Games offer. It would be a great loss if we allow them to fade away.

– David Judson Viner

Stourbridge, West Midlands

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