Commonwealth Games Scotland is shocked to learn the news of the Victorian Government’s decision to withdraw from hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

On the back of a very successful Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for both Team Scotland and the Commonwealth Sport Movement in general, our preparations were well underway for selecting, preparing and sending a team to Australia in three years’ time.

The Games is the only opportunity for many athletes to compete under the Scottish flag, and we know how much that means to them, our sports and supporters. We share their disappointment with today’s announcement and recognise the uncertainty it creates for all parties.

We will now take the time to assess its implications and await further news from the Commonwealth Games Federation on options for the Games in 2026.

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