Canada's bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games has been given a boost after Councillors from Hamilton gave the city's proposals the go-ahead.
The majority of councillors backed the bid by 10 votes to three, that now allows the private sector group, Hamilton 100, to lead the campaign to host the Centenary Games, according to Hamilton News.
The group comprises of volunteers, as well as sports and business officials, and will now submit their approved proposal to Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC), with the city chosen by the organisation due to to be announced on March 31.
The winning bid is set to be become the officially-backed by CGC in the bidding process.
As hosts of the first Empire Games in 1930, Hamilton would be the big favourite if it was put forward by the CGF.
"This is a shot we need to take, it's a no-brainer," said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger.
The cost of the Games is set to be similar to the price of Gold Coast 2018 and Glasgow 2014 at an estimated CAD$1.425 billion (£832 million/$1.08 billion/€994 million) with Provincial and Federal Governments looking to contribute approximately CAD$1.175 billion (£686m/$889m/€819m), according to P.J. Mercanti, chair of Hamilton 100.
"It will serve as a catalyst for social transformation and economic development," said Mercanti.
"It will play a role in creating prosperity for this entire community."
Legacy benefits, according to the group, are 12 new or refurbished community centres and the building or upgrading of 21 sports venues.
Those opposed in the vote highlighted the city's failure to bid for previous Games in 2010 and 2014.
"I don’t want to be a loser for a third time," Councillor Tom Jackson said.
Another opponent, Councillor John-Paul Danko added, "The organisers are asking for a leap of faith."
Canada have held the Games in Vancouver in 1954, Edmonton in 1978 and Victoria in 1994 with Australia set to so far be the only other bidders for 2030 with a proposed bid from the Greater Victoria area.
Hamilton's chances of hosting in 2030 could, though, also rely on the decision of the hosting for 2026 in which another Canadian city, Calgary, have offered to host the Games four years prior.