Birmingham's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has received the full backing of newly-elected West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.
The Conservative Party candidate, the former managing director of retailer John Lewis, was elected yesterday with a narrow victory over Labour opponent Siôn Simon by 238,628 votes to 234,862.
The West Midlands Metropolitan Borough includes Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, as well as Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, and Walsall.
Street wants the whole region to come together to unite behind Birmingham's bid to replace Durban as the host city for 2022.
"I have long been a supporter of Birmingham's bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2026," Street said.
"However, the opportunity presented for the 2022 Games means we should step up our efforts.
"I truly believe the bid should be for the entire West Midlands, bringing everybody together behind a cause.
"What could be a better global showcase for our resurgent region than hosting the Commonwealth Games?
"I will make it an immediate priority to get everyone in the region behind Birmingham City Council's bid so that we can convince Government that they should support us.
"You can be absolutely sure that other cities will be quick to act.
"We need to make sure our voice is clear."
Birmingham are expected to be among several cities to make a presentation to Commonwealth Games England (CGE) at a Board meeting next Tuesday (May 9).
Liverpool and Manchester are among other cities who have publicly expressed an interest in bidding, while London are also expected to be present at the CGE meeting.
Greater Manchester also elected a new Mayor, former Labour Member of Parliament Andy Burnham.
He gained 63 per cent of the vote.
Another Labour politician, Steve Rotheram, was elected as the first Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.
Both support their city's respective Commonwealth Games bids.
Burnham, however, said during the election campaign he was not in favour of a "Northern Powerhouse" bid with Liverpool and Manchester sharing events after the latter city staged the 2002 Games.
"I'd like to see it just here," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"What a way to mark the 20th anniversary of what were incredibly successful Games."
Burnham added: "I was involved in those Games as an adviser in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport running up to 2001 so I was heavily involved in all the investment that went in - and then obviously when I was elected [as an MP] in 2001 was involved in the delivery of the Games and it was amazing.
"I'd want to see it all over again.
"There isn't a place in the country that has our sporting infrastructure or our track record of delivering major events."
Burnham, did, however claim he was willing to be directed by what the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) wanted.
Besides England, Australia, Canada and Malaysia have expressed an interest in replacing Durban after they were stripped of the Games due to a lack of financial guarantees.
A panel of international experts and CGF staff are expected to investigate the bids put forward by the countries before making a recommendation to the Executive Board.
Due to the unexpectedly high interest, a decision, originally expected to be made by mid-summer, is now due to be made in the autumn.