The Commonwealth Games could be reduced from 17 to 10 sports in an effort to increase interest in staging the 2022 edition of the multi-sport event, according to outgoing Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive Mike Hooper.
PANA reports that Glasgow (Scotland) will host this year’s edition of the Games before it travels to the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018.
However, there is said to be concern that as of yet, no firm interest has been displayed in the 2022 Games,according to UK-based organisation, SportsBusiness.
Hooper, who last week announced he would leave the CGF following Glasgow 2014, said reducing the number of sports could encourage interest.
“We recognise the tough economic times but we have flexibility. If someone wanted to predicate a bid on a theme of 'bring it back to basics', then they could do so. Clearly, the cost structures associated with putting on a 10-sport Games versus a 17-sport Games is vastly different and that has always been the case,” he said.
Ten sports is the minimum allowed by the CGF, with 17 the maximum.
Bids for the 2022 Games must be received by March 2015, but initial expressions of interest are due by the end of next month.
Hooper said there has been “talk” of interest from Singapore, South Africa and the UK, but added: “If you are asking me can I guarantee multiple bids for 2022, right now I can't give you that guarantee. Obviously if there are no bids, the Games will finish in 2018 but I don't believe that will be the case.”