The hosts of the 2030 and 2034 Commonwealth Games are set to be announced within the next 18 months.
Katie Sadleir, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), set out the goal during the last day of SportsPro APAC, revealing that several countries are interested.
“There’s a couple of people who put their hands up,” she said. “But I’d really like to try and get those next two cemented within the next 18 months.”
Sadleir did not disclose who was in the running, but did suggest a multi-nation bid was a possibility – a move which could attract first-time hosting countries to the table.
“We’re very conscious as a movement that we host Games, most recently, in repetitive countries,” she said. “We really want to get those Games out. To do that, it means you do need to have multi partners.
“I met with several sports ministers in Africa and said there is an opportunity to do an African Games.
“It’s creative, it’s different. But it actually brings more of that inspirational, aspirational sport out to more venues to actually let them engage in it.”
Sadleir added that learnings from the 2026 Commonwealth Games, which is taking place in the Australian state of Victoria, will help inform the decision on the next two hosts. Ahead of 2026, 16 sports have been named so far but the CGF is aiming to announce a further three to five in the coming weeks.
Victoria 2026 will also be the first Games under the CGF’s new strategic roadmap for 2026 to 2030, which includes making athletics and swimming the only compulsory sports in a move designed to offer greater flexibility for potential hosts. Sadleir believes Victoria is already seeing the benefits of the overhauled approach.
“This is definitely a Games that is responding to our 2026-2030 roadmap, which says we want to work with hosts to do something that really adds value, not just what we want,” she continued.