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Melbourne announced as host city of 2026 Commonwealth games

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The Australian state of Victoria and the city of Melbourne will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be held at Melbourne’s MCG, giving a much-needed injection of life back to the city once known for the world’s longest lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews said there will be a strong focus on hosting events in regional areas to help boost the economy.

The MCG will host the opening ceremony, however, most events will be hosted in regional hubs.

Photo: Courtesy of the MCG

“This will be a Commonwealth Games like no other. We promised we wouldn’t be doing a re-run of 2006, as successful as that was,” Premier Andrews said.

Photo: Premier Daniel Andrews.

Four hubs in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland will be established each with an athletes’ village. Shepparton will also host a series of events.  

Premier Andrews said hosting the games is an opportunity to highlight regional parts of Victoria and invest in sporting infrastructure in those areas.

Photo: Stadium in Geelong, which will focus on hosting swimming, diving, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis, triathlon and beach volleyball events.

He thanked the  Commonwealth commitee for accepting a bid focusing on reviving the regions.

“I’m sure from their point of view, it’s a bit riskier than just running it in the middle of a large city,” Premier Andrews said.

The Victorian government has estimated prosperous employment opportunities with over 4,000 jobs in the lead-up and throughout the games and another 3000 thereafter.

Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas added, “We’ve always known the value of regional Victoria, and the 2026 Commonwealth Games will provide a chance to showcase all we have to offer to the world.”

Negotiations are continuing into commercial deals of the event.

The 2026 Melbourne Commonwealth Games will be the next event after this year’s event hosted in Birmingham, UK. Photo: Arena Birmingham

Amanda Gunn contributed to this report

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Emergency World Cup departure by England’s Raheem Sterling

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In a nightmare situation for the English national football team, Raheem Sterling has returned home after intruder broke into his family residence

Football superstar Raheem Sterling has returned home on an emergency flight, after intruders broke into his family residence.

Police are investigating the burglary at Sterling’s home in a town called Leatherhead, just south of Central London.

Reports suggest a number of expensive items were stolen, including watches and other jewellery.

Sources close to Sterling say he is “shaken” and “concerned” about the wellbeing of his loved ones and wants to be home to “support his family.”

There have been nothing be best wishes and support from fellow team mates and staff. 

“For the moment the priority is clearly for him to be with his family…

We are going to support that and make sure he has as much time as he needs…

At the moment it’s a situation where he needs time with his family and I don’t want to put him under any pressure with that…

Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first.

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – International Friendly – England v Ivory Coast – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – March 29, 2022 England manager Gareth Southgate before the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

It comes as England get set for a big semi-finals match against France.

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China hides maskless crowd by editing World Cup broadcast

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China has made an effort to hide the rest of the world from its citizens by editing out crowd scenes from World Cup coverage

A China coverup has come to light as the country attempts to censor its World Cup broadcast.

Protests against China’s strict zero-covid strategy are engulfing its major cities, as Chinese TV feeds are edited to steer clear of crowd scenes.

State television removed camera shots of maskless crowd goers and instead shows closeups of coaches and players.

This has its citizens questioning why the rest of the world is getting on with normality, while they remain under strict lockdown.

The World Cup comes at a turbulent time for China, as millions remain shut away from the rest of the world.

It also comes just weeks after Xi Jinping secured a third term, with many are now demanding an end to his rein.

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Tech giant could bid for Man Utd

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Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.

Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.

The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.

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