Labour's mayoral candidate Marvin Rees pledges Commonwealth bid
LABOUR'S mayoral candidate Marvin Rees has promised to bid for the Commonwealth Games to come to Bristol in 2022 or 2026 if he is elected.
And the move has been backed by the city's two football clubs, Bristol Rugby Club and a number of leading sports people. Mr Rees, who is favourite to win the new post, said: "Bristol needs big ambitions and big ideas.
"Britain saw the huge impact that the Olympics had on the whole country but particularly on London and it is time for Bristol to reach out with similar ambition.
"We can use what will be world class facilities to build a healthy sporting culture for all in Bristol and the Commonwealth Games would be an excellent aspiration for the city."
Smaller cities than Bristol have hosted the games in the past, such as Victoria in Canada in 1994.
Mr Rees has pledged his support for the city's two football clubs to get their new stadiums and promised to make an arena become a reality.
Guy Price, Bristol City FC's chief operating officer and development director, said: "Bristol needs big ambitious sporting plans like this and we are delighted to support a bid for the Games to come to our city."
Rovers' chairman Nick Higgs said: "Our new stadium will be a world class facility and I am delighted that we will be part of a great plan to make Bristol a genuine sporting city.
"Bringing the Games to Bristol is a great idea and Bristol Rovers is happy to endorse Marvin Rees' ambition to turn it into a reality."
Bristol Rugby chairman Chris Booy said: "Bristol Rugby wholeheartedly endorses a bid to bring the Commonwealth Games to the city.
"We are pleased to support an initiative that promotes Bristol and the surrounding areas, as well as bringing elite sport to the region."
Boxing promoter Chris Sanigar said bringing the Commonwealth Games to Bristol would be a real bonus for the city's sport.
Mr Rees said the process to win the Games would start with a feasibility study before submitting a formal bid.
He said: "We would want to win but even if the bid was not successful it would raise the profile of the city enormously.
"Bristol's sporting organisations are already uniting behind this plan and going forward we will all work together to put Bristol on the world map, as a sporting and cultural city."