Leader’s delight at Commonwealth honour

By on 07/06/2010 in News

City Council Leader Mike Whitby has spoken of his pride and delight that the 29th annual Commonwealth Sports Awards will be held in Birmingham later this year.

Just a month after the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the cream of Commonwealth sporting talent will be celebrated at the ICC on Saturday, 6 November 2010.

Launched in 1980, the awards honour the achievements of sportsmen and women from across the Commonwealth and previous winners include Denise Lewis, Brian Lara, Dwight Yorke, Lennox Lewis, Michael Owen, Joe Calzaghe, Chris Hoy and Paula Radcliffe.

Today's news follows last month's announcement that the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards are returning to Birmingham and Cllr Whitby welcomed the announcement as yet another endorsement of the city's sporting status.

He said: “I'm delighted at this announcement. We have hosted more international sporting events than any other city in the UK.

“We're already hosting the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and can now look forward to welcoming the cream of Commonwealth sporting talent to our city.

“We are a welcoming, sporting city - something that has been recognised by American and Jamaican athletes who will prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games here - and we can guarantee a warm welcome for the Commonwealth stars when they come to Birmingham in November.

President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Mike Fennell said: “These awards celebrate excellence in Commonwealth sport and it's so important that we recognise the achievements of our Commonwealth athletes. There is so much for us to be proud of and the event in Birmingham will be a celebration of sports men and women from across the Commonwealth.”

Founder of the Commonwealth Sports Awards Al Hamilton added: “I'm excited to bring the awards to Birmingham and we can look forward to saluting the great and the good of Commonwealth sport.

“Over the years these awards have recognised some real superstars but also many, many unsung heroes. The awards look to celebrate discipline, dedication and devotion throughout the Commonwealth.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Media Call
Date: Monday 7 June 2010

Time: 1pm

Venue: Vista Suite 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1HH  (Map: http://tinyurl.com/3ymgaw4 )

Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Mike Whitby will be joined by President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Mike Fennell and Al Hamilton MBE, Founder, Commonwealth Sports Awards Foundation to formally announce November's event.

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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