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  • The CWG host conundrum deepens
  • Less than three years before the next edition, host yet to be zeroed in on

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As the Commonwealth Games approaches its centenary, a peculiar question echoes through the world of sports: Is it still relevant? In a span of five months, two Australian regions pulled out from hosting this iconic event.

Vanishing Acts: The Intriguing Tale of Withdrawals

Within this brief period, both Victoria and Gold Coast, withdrew from hosting duties, citing financial constraints that left many puzzled. Victoria claimed an excess expenditure of nearly $5 billion. Gold Coast, seemingly the successor, also succumbed to similar fiscal challenges, adding even more uncertainty to the future of the CWG.

Cracking the Financial Code: The Labyrinth of Costs

Unraveling the financial labyrinth, the last Games in Birmingham cost $962 million, yet Victoria's government estimated a budget of $1.77 billion, but the potential costs rose to an astonishing $4.77 billion.

Reflecting on the costliest edition, the 2010 Games hosted by India, where a $250 million allocation morphed into a staggering $11 billion, the question arises:

Why is hosting the Commonwealth Games, akin to the Olympics, becoming an insurmountable financial challenge?

The Bold Reason Behind Withdrawal

In a bold move, Victoria's Premier, Daniel Andrews, laid bare the stark truth behind their withdrawal.

Addressing the press, he questioned the logic of allocating $6-7 billion for a 12-day sporting spectacle, expressing a resolute stance against diverting funds from essential services like hospitals and schools.

The Ghosts of Colonial Beginnings: Roots of Decline

Tracing back to its colonial origins, the Commonwealth Games, initially the British Empire Games, has time and again faced criticism for its historical ties.

Critics argue that these imperial roots contribute to the Games' dwindling appeal in the 21st century, leaving the governing body in a conundrum.

The Future: A Games Without Hosts?

With the puzzling withdrawal of potential hosts, including Canada's Alberta for 2030, the Games' governing body is grappling with an uncertain future.

Amidst whispers and speculation, the sports world wonders if this could be the swansong for the Commonwealth Games, potentially facing cancellation for the first time since World War II – an unprecedented turn in the Games' century-long journey.


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