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Group of citizens preparing bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games: Nenshi

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm MDT

FILE PHOTO: Mayor Naheed Nenshi speaks during a Calgary City council meeting in Calgary on October 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Mayor Naheed Nenshi has indicated a “group of private citizens” are preparing a bid to bring the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Calgary.

The mayor expects the Commonwealth games for 2026 will be announced in the spring, and at this time it’s unclear if there will be any funding from the city.

“No order of government has offered financial backing for this bid,” said Nenshi. “And the one thing I’m really interested in is what the province and the federal government have to say.”

The 2022 Commonwealth games are being held in Birmingham, England with the 11-day event expected to cost over $1 billion.

Mayor Nenshi hasn’t been approached about possible funding but has been talks about using the new arena the city plans to build.

“It is a summer games, so the facilities are different, but I don’t really understand, or know at this stage, what would be required,” said Nenshi.