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Sunak calls for Australia to find solution to Comm Games cancellation

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The UK downplays the idea of hosting the event again after the Victorian Government abruptly cancelled the 2026 event citing a cost blowout

Downing Street expressed optimism in finding a “viable solution” for the 2026 Commonwealth Games originally planned in Australia, but dismissed the idea of the UK stepping in to host the event. 

Scotland’s First Minister, Humza Yousaf, expressed interest in exploring the possibility of hosting the games as part of a multi-country UK bid.

Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, had announced the state’s withdrawal due to escalating staging costs.

“This is a disappointing outcome for both fans and athletes,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said.

“We hope that the Victoria state government, the Games federation and Commonwealth Games Australia will now work together to find a viable solution to hosting the event in 2026.”

In 2017, Birmingham took over the hosting rights for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the Federation stripped Durban, South Africa, of the opportunity.

The event’s cost in Birmingham was £778m (AU$1.5bn), with funding shared between the central government and Birmingham City Council. An independent report highlighted the positive contribution of £870.7m (AU$1.7bn) to the UK economy.

When asked about encouraging a home nation to host the 2026 event, the government spokesperson advised against rushing into decisions.

“In the first instance it’s for those bodies and groups I’ve just mentioned to have those discussions and see if a solution can be found,” said the spokesperson.

“Obviously the UK has been honoured to host the Games twice in the past decade (Birmingham 2022 and Glasgow 2014) so we will see what comes out of those initial discussions.”

Katie Sadleir, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, welcomed the possibility of Scotland being part of a multi-city, multi-country host.

“The UK are fantastic hosts and we would be very open to having a conversation with them about it, if that’s something they would be interested in doing,” she said.

Humza Yousaf expressed interest in exploring the possibility, while England, Scotland, and Wales’ national Commonwealth federations were disappointed by Victoria’s withdrawal, stating it was unsettling for athletes.

 

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Nintendo’s live presentation sets the stage to end the financial year with a bang

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PlayStation 5 has received a fresh Discord update, enhancing your social gaming experience. Connect with friends, join voice chats, and stay in the loop directly from your console.

Prepare for a thrilling showcase packed with game reveals, exclusive trailers, and updates on your favourite Nintendo franchises.

Whether you’re a fan of Mario, Zelda, or new indie titles, this Direct promises to deliver something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for a gaming extravaganza!

Emily Leaney joins to discuss the latest.

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U.S. advocates for tobacco-style warning labels on social media platforms

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In an attempt to safeguard adolescent mental health, the U.S. Surgeon General has advocated for the implementation of warning labels on social media platforms.

On this episode of Ticker Hot Shots – U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy looks to implement warnings on social media platforms, Adobe get sued over hidden payments, a micro-EV slots into the urban market and the Pope attends G7 to warn over the use of AI.

Ticker’s Mike Loder and Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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China & Australia are working to strengthen ties amid panda and wine diplomacy

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese Premier Li Li Qiang engaged in discussions concerning trade relations and human rights during a recent diplomatic meeting.

The talks aimed to address key issues affecting the economic and political relationship between the two nations.

Albanese emphasised the importance of maintaining a constructive dialogue despite recent tensions, highlighting Australia’s commitment to fostering mutually beneficial trade partnerships with China.

Professor Tim Harcourt from UTS joins to discuss. #featured #trending #global view

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