CGF officials have visited Victoria to assess a potential bid from the city ©CGF

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) officials have continued their assessment of Canadian cities who could bid for the right to stage the 2022 Games, with Victoria the latest to be scrutinised.

It comes as a leading politician in Great Britain said Wales could assist another city in hosting the Games.

Victoria was the last Canadian city to stage the Commonwealth Games, with the capital of the province of British Columbia having held the multi-sport event back in 1994.

Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have held preliminary discussions with Toronto and Victoria about putting them forward as its candidate.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps had claimed earlier this month that the city needed support from the whole province if they were to bid and potentially stage the Games.

The tour is part of the first step in a "collaborative process" to select a replacement location following initial choice Durban being stripped of hosting rights earlier this year.

Durban lost the rights due to a lack of financial guarantees.

Toronto, which could seek to challenge Victoria to become Canada’s candidate, was toured earlier this week.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg was among those present for a rigorous on-the-ground feasibility assessment and dialogue regarding hosting capacity and capability, resourcing and legacy ambitions".

The Canadian city's potential bid is due to be considered by the City Council's Economic Development Committee before a final decision is made.

If it does get the green light, the city would seek to take advantage of many of the venues used for the 2015 Pan American Games.

insidethegames has asked the CGF for a full timetable of when other potential host cities will receive a similar inspection, but has not yet received a response.

Malaysia appears the next country which will be visited by the CGF, with Prince Tunku Imran claiming a three member delegation, including Grevemberg, will visit the Kuala Lumpur next week.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia President, who was replaced as the CGF President last year by Louise Martin, claimed they officials would assess the potential cost of a Games in the city.

“The CGF delegation will be here next week to do some survey, review and report on our capability and whether we are ready to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 or maybe in 2026,” he said, according to the Malaymail.

“They are coming here to look at our facilities and we give them the courtesy.

“I think it’s good to know how much it will cost to host the event after the evaluation made by them.”

Malaysia were the first Asian country to host the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, an event widely considered to be one of the best in history.

Two further countries are also vying for the Games, with the Australian Commonwealth Games Association set to make a choice from Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Birmingham and Liverpool are battling for the English nomination.

Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates has raised the prospect of Wales assisting a UK city with a bid ©Getty Images
Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates has raised the prospect of Wales assisting a UK city with a bid ©Getty Images

However, the Welsh Government are reportedly considering supporting a United Kingdom city in their efforts to host the Games.

"For 2022, as we will be exiting the European Union, it is a good opportunity to do something different,” Ken Skates, Economy Secretary told the BBC.

"We could examine the potential of a British or multi-city bid that would give Wales a potential role in that Commonwealth Games.

"A wider bid would be good for us as we wouldn't have to invest in facilities that might not be sustainable and it could happen without having to divert huge resources to building new facilities.

"Discussions with Commonwealth Games Wales and other cities are taking place, there's huge potential to do something innovative in 2022 and I look forward to taking those discussions further."

It is claimed Wales hosting some Commonwealth Games events could eventually lead to the country launching a multi-city bid for the 2030 event.

Skates ended hopes of a Wales bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games last July, specifically mentioning Brexit - the British public's referendum decision to leave the European Union - as a factor.

The Labour politician claimed “financial uncertainties” resulting from Brexit had made it “very difficult to justify a bid to host the Commonwealth Games at this time".

He also stated that analysis had been undertaken to review the potential advantages, benefits, risks and costs of a bid, which ultimately estimated the cost would be in the region of £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion/€1.5 billion) to £1.5 billion ($2 billion/€1.8 billion) to deliver a successful Games.

Andrew R.T Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, labelled the decision “pathetic”.

Skates' mooting of a possible joint bid for the Commonwealth Games, involving Wales, comes prior to the United Kingdom’s general election on June 8.