The Canadian province of Alberta withdraws its bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

On Thursday, the province of Alberta decided against supporting a potential bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2030, therefore killing the possibility of bringing the multi-sport competition back to Canada.

Hosting the Games, which usually draw more than 4,000 competitors from the 54 Commonwealth countries, is not in the best interests of Alberta taxpayers, according to a statement released by Minister of Tourism and Sport Joseph Schow.

Hosting the event “may result in a cost of up to CAN$2.68 billion (US$2.01 billion),” according to Schow’s assessment based on current bid estimates.

“Taxpayers would have borne 93% of those expenses and risks due to the corporate sponsorship model and the Commonwealth Games’ restricted broadcast revenues,” he continued.

We promised to clearly show Albertans the return on their financial investment and to be transparent and truthful with them about the costs involved in hosting big international sporting events, said Schow.

We have decided not to pursue the bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games because of this.

Weeks before, the Australian state of Victoria withdrew from organizing the 2026 Commonwealth Games due to rising expenses, a decision that left organizers “hugely disappointed.”

Premier Daniel Andrews of Victoria State stated that the initial projection of Aus$2 billion (US$1.36 billion) required to host the games would probably be closer to Aus$7 billion.

It was anticipated that later this month, Commonwealth Sport Canada—which oversees the organization of Canadian teams competing in the Commonwealth Games—would finish the feasibility study for Alberta’s bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

In a statement, they stated that they thought the provincial government’s decision to end the event “was a significant factor” as Victoria had decided not to host 2026.

In 1930, 1954, 1978, and 1994, Canada served as the host nation for four Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham, an English city, took over as the event’s host in 2022 after Durban, a South African city, lost its hosting rights due to a string of missed deadlines and financial difficulties.

The 2026 edition was exclusively bid for by Victoria.

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