Hamilton in Canada is considering bidding for the centenary 2030 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Hamilton is investigating the possibility of launching a bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games to mark the centenary of the Canadian city hosting the first-ever edition of the event.

Councillors in Hamilton, a port city in Ontario, will this week discuss considering sending a letter expressing "non-binding" interest in hosting the event in 2030.

"There's some logic to hosting the 100th anniversary of those Games," Mayor Fred Eisenberger told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

"I'm certainly keen on doing that."

Eisenberger warned, though, that the City Council would need to support the idea before it could progress and they could submit a formal bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

"There are certainly a lot of good emotional reasons to host it here, where a Hamiltonian invented it," he told CBC.

"I would think the [CGF] would be pretty keen on having it come back to Hamilton where it started."

There is a growing belief within the CGF that it makes sense to award the 2030 Commonwealth Games to Canada celebrate its 100th anniversary. 

Canada has not hosted the Games since Victoria in 1994.

A bid from Victoria to replace Durban after the South African city was stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in March collapsed last month after the Government in British Columbia refused to financially support it.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the CGF, urged them to "continue the engagement and momentum so they are in the best possible position for future bids as we approach the Games Movement’s centenary in 2030".

Scotland were among 11 countries who took part in the British Empire Games at Hamilton in 1930 ©Getty Images
Scotland were among 11 countries who took part in the British Empire Games at Hamilton in 1930 ©Getty Images

David Black, head of the Victoria 2022 bid, admitted that Hamilton would have a huge advantage if they did bid for 2030.

"Victoria 2030 would be great," he told the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper.

"But the 2030 Games would surely go to Hamilton."

The 1930 British Empire Games were the first of what became known as the Commonwealth Games. 

They were the idea of Melville Marks Robinson, a sports journalist with the Hamilton Spectator.

He got the idea after attending the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, where he was the manager of Canada's athletics team. 

There were 11 countries represented at Hamilton in 1930 and they sent a total of 400 athletes to compete.

The participant nations were Australia, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada, England, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. 

The Games featured six sports: athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving and wrestling and ran at a cost of CAD$97,973. 

Women competed in only the aquatic events.

Canadian triple jumper Gordon Smallacombe won the first ever gold medal in the history of the Games.