Birmingham have launched their logo with the tagline "Heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth" ©Birmingham 2022

Birmingham have claimed they could host a low cost, low risk and high quality event as they prepare to officially launch their bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games today.

The English city said that 95 per cent of competition venues are already in place should they be awarded the multi-sport event by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

Birmingham 2022 has submitted their preliminary questionnaire for bidding to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and today also revealed their bid logo.

The DCMS will have to choose between Birmingham and Liverpool to decide England's candidate for the Games.

Liverpool unveiled their "transformational" bid on Friday (June 16).

Birmingham have vowed that their bid will show the "very best of global Britain", while demonstrating its youth and diversity and its reputation for hosting sport and cultural events.

The bid is based on a feasibility study carried out by Origin Sports Group (OSG), headed up by Debbie Jevans, the former head of sport at London 2012.

OSG also included Sir Keith Mills, the former chief executive of London 2012, and Alan Pascoe, the founder of Alan Pascoe Associates.

They explored both how the Commonwealth Games would be delivered by Birmingham and why it would be beneficial for the city and the wider region.

"Birmingham can deliver a low cost, low risk and high quality Games," a statement from Birmingham 2022 said today.

It is claimed the event will accelerate the implementation of key aspects of Birmingham's Development Plan 2031.

This would include new jobs, enhanced prospects through innovative ideas for volunteering, increased housing and better sports facilities and programmes to effect long-lasting behaviour.

Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Steering Group, hailed the bid with an official launch event due to take place later today.

A strapline "heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth" has also been revealed.

Upgrading Alexander Stadium is a key part of Birmingham's campaign to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images
Upgrading Alexander Stadium is a key part of Birmingham's campaign to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

"Hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games will accelerate Birmingham's existing development plans for homes, jobs, services and infrastructure," said Ward.

"Sitting at the heart of the UK and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth, with our population made up of over 187 different nationalities and with 314,000 West Midlands residents born in a Commonwealth country, we are in a strong position to attract people to the Games and ensure that the benefits of hosting extend from the city and region, to the UK and Commonwealth.

"Our vision is brought to life through the new logo which positions Birmingham as the heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth.

"Our logo is open and inviting and its explosion of colour celebrates Birmingham's super-diversity and youthful energy."

An enhanced and refurbished Alexander Stadium is central to Birmingham's bid for the Games, with the venue earmarked to stage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as athletics. 

The Alexander Stadium is already established as an international athletics venue and is home to UK Athletics.

The venue has been a host of International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League athletics meetings.

Birmingham 2022 also highlighted the city’s ability to stage major sporting events by pointing to the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy and The Ashes held at Edgbaston, as well as Rugby World Cup fixtures staged at Villa Park.

"Birmingham and the region have a proven track record in hosting major sporting events, so we are well positioned to deliver a Games to remember," said Anita Bhalla,a Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

"The Games will provide us with an opportunity not only to show our sporting strength, but also our historic links to the Commonwealth.

"It will also allow us to showcase the richness of our cultural heritage, and will go big with our arts and culture offer.

"It will further enhance regional tourism and support our growing economy."

Birmingham recently showed its hosting capabilities when Edgbaston welcomed Champions Trophy matches ©Getty Images
Birmingham recently showed its hosting capabilities when Edgbaston welcomed Champions Trophy matches ©Getty Images

Birmingham 2022 promised a strong cultural programme will run in parallel with the sport, which will promote friendship, competition and understanding.

The Bid Committee are asking people to back the bid on Twitter using the hashtag #BrumBid2022.

Visit Birmingham are also behind the attempt to bring the Games to the city.

South African city Durban was stripped of the 2022 edition in March due to a lack of financial guarantees.

Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, which staged the Commonwealth Games in 1998, has also expressed firm interest in stepping in.

Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia have also revealed they may be interested, while Victoria in Canada announced earlier this month that it will bid.

Toronto, which had already expressed an interest in replacing Durban, withdrew after a report prepared by the city's Economic Development Committee warned about a supposed lack of support from Federal and Provincial authorities in Canada.

It is expected that the Commonwealth Games Federation will choose a host city in the autumn.