Australia unlikely to host 2026 Commonwealth Games as Gold Coast withdraws
Australia is unlikely to be able to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games and sports officials have called on the international federation to consider bids from other countries.
Commonwealth Games Australia chief executive Craig Phillips made the comments Monday after Gold Coast confirmed it had scrapped its plans to pick up the games after Victoria state withdrew as host in July.
Phillips said while Australia hasn’t entirely given up on hosting, the Commonwealth Games Federation should seriously consider other offers.
We have indicated to (the CGF)… they would have our support in doing that, Phillips told the Australian Associated Press. It’s our preference to host here and we will keep going while we think we have got options to explore.
But if they have a better option, then they should seriously consider it.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate announced Sunday that the city had scrapped its bid to host the Games after failing to secure support from state or federal governments. Gold Coast,

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