Commonwealth Games legislation brought forward

The Government has published its Commonwealth Games Bill to protect commercial rights around the event and block ticket touts.

It follows similar legislation that was introduced for the  London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Bill also ensures the government’s funding of the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee continues to comply with financial propriety rules.

Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sporting event ever held in the city, and represents a truly fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best Birmingham, the West Midlands and the whole UK has to offer.

“With almost three years to go, this Bill is an important step. It helps ensure the Games will be delivered effectively and successfully.”

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place between 27 July and 7 August, 2022. It will feature thousands of world-class athletes, over 1m spectators and is expected to be watched by a global TV audience of 1.5bn.

John Crabtree, chairman of Birmingham 2022, added: “The introduction of this Bill is a significant moment in our preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and it contains a number of important, temporary measures to help ensure a truly world-class event.

“The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for the transformation of the whole region and hosting this event brings with it incredible opportunities and benefits for the people of the West Midlands. We are determined to use the Games as a way of demonstrating to the world the vibrancy and passion that we have to offer.”