The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to go for a multi-site athletes village as a substitute of constructing single accommodation facility for gamers and officers.
According to the Games organisers, the athletes and crew officers will now be housed in three campus villages at The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, and The NEC Hotel Campus.
The 500 million pound village was being constructed on the previous Birmingham City University website in Perry Barr and was set to present accommodation to 6,500 athletes and crew officers.
However, the organisers scrapped the thought after sensing that it couldn’t be delivered on time due to the pandemic.
The new campus mannequin will see 1,600 athletes and officers housed on the NEC Hotel Campus, 1,900 at The University of Warwick, and the principal village with 2,800 at The University of Birmingham.
“The decision to move away from the single site athletes’ village in the Perry Barr area of the city has been made by the Games Partnership with just under two years to go, after reviewing the impact of the global health pandemic,” learn an announcement from the orgainsers.
“With a shorter than normal timeframe for delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Games, the new build accommodation site was under continued review from the outset, with expert consultation throughout, and had very little scope to withstand the impact COVID-19 has had on construction.”
The organisers additional claimed that the brand new three-site campus mannequin for Birmingham 2022 athlete accommodation will probably be delivered throughout the total Games finances of 778 million pound, and insisted that the Games remained on monitor.
The determination to transfer to three campus villages throughout the West Midlands has the assist of athlete representatives and Commonwealth Games
Associations the world over who’ve been apprised of the brand new plans.
“These are challenging times for all of us and delivering a major multi sports event during this period has meant we have needed to collaborate effectively, be pragmatic to change, and remain realistic about the challenges we face,” Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022 mentioned.
“We recognise that this new model is a move away from the historic norm and we are grateful for the support shown by our partners across the Commonwealth Games Associations.”
The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held from July 28 to August 8.