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South Australia has dropped its plan for Adelaide to bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

 

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The State Government decision follows analysis showing the event would not provide enough of a boost to the local economy and a lack of key sporting infrastructure.

“Although we won’t be bidding for 2026, we have embarked on the State Sporting Infrastructure Plan which will provide the path forward to ensuring we have the best facilities to attract big events to the state in the future,” Sports Minister Corey Wingard said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, the cost to the taxpayer was too high to bring the Games to South Australia by 2026, but we remain open to potential bids in 2030 and 2034 as key initiatives from the State Sporting Infrastructure Plan are rolled out.”

As part of its bid preparation, the state government recently ordered an independent analysis of the economics of staging the games in Adelaide.

It put the total cost at about $3.5 billion while the economic benefit would only run to about $1.2 billion.

Adelaide is the only mainland Australian capital not to have hosted the Commonwealth Games, which will be next staged in Birmingham, England in 2022.

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