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2026 Commonwealth Games at renewed risk of cancellation as Malaysia reject £100m offer to take over as hosts

Malaysia were offered £100m to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 Australian state of Victoria withdrew as hosts last year due to spiralling costs

The 2026 Commonwealth Games are at renewed risk of cancellation after Malaysia rejected a £100million offer to take over as hosts.

The quadrennial event was plunged into chaos last summer when the Australian state of Victoria pulled out from staging it because of spiralling costs.

Last week, it emerged the Commonwealth Games Federation had offered Malaysia the chance to hold the Games and would make £100m available for ‘financial and strategic support’.

However, even that nine-figure sum has not been enough to persuade the Malaysian government, who said the offer would ‘not cover the overall cost of hosting a large-scale sports event’.

Sports minister Hannah Yeoh added: ‘The government wants to focus on the development of sports as well as the welfare and wellbeing of the people.’

Malaysia’s Minister of Communications Fahmi Fadzil answered questions regarding the hosting of the 2026 Commonwealth Games on Friday

It leaves the CGF back at square one in their desperate search to find a new host for the Games in just two years’ time.

Singapore is ‘assessing the feasibility’ of staging the event for the first time, but the UK has already ruled out holding them again so soon after Birmingham 2022.

If a new host cannot be found, the Games will have to be cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.

A CGF spokesperson said: ‘We are disappointed that Malaysia has decided not to submit a proposal for the 2026 Commonwealth Games and thank them for their work to date and commitment to the Commonwealth Sport Movement.

The Australian state of Victoria withdrew as hosts last year because of spiralling costs

The Australian state of Victoria withdrew as hosts last year because of spiralling costs

‘The confidential process to determine a host is continuing with other interested Commonwealth Games Associations.’

The CGF also need to find a host for the 2030 Games after Alberta, Canada withdrew their bid.

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