Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been officially backed by the government.
The cost of staging the event is expected to be at least 750million British Pounds – which would be the most expensive sports event in Britain since London 2012.
Birmingham beat Liverpool earlier in September as Britain’s candidate city.
The West Midlands city could still face competition from rival bidders – Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry.
Submissions from candidate cities need to be received by Saturday and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is expected to make its decision later in the year.
Announcing Birmingham will be the UK’s official candidate city, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the government believes it would provide value for money.