It appears that the government of Alberta has withdrawn its support for hosting the 2030 Commonwealth Games due to concerns about rising costs. The estimated cost of hosting the Games was reported to be C$2.7 billion, which was deemed too burdensome for the province to handle. As a result, there are currently no firm bids to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) expressed its gratitude to those who worked on the bid application and mentioned that it believed Alberta could be a great host for the Games in the future. However, at the moment, there are ongoing discussions with other potential hosts.
This is not the end of the Commonwealth Games, as the Games are a recurring multi-sport event that takes place every four years. The Games have only been canceled once, during World War Two. While Alberta’s withdrawal and Australia’s withdrawal from hosting the 2026 Games in Victoria have created uncertainties, there are other cities and regions expressing interest in potentially hosting the Games in the future.
For example, Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf has indicated a willingness to consider proposals for Scotland to host at least part of the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Similarly, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has shown support for London to host the 2026 Games, pending a decision by the government.
Overall, while there have been setbacks and withdrawals, the Commonwealth Games are likely to continue in the future with different cities and regions showing interest in hosting the event.