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Australia withdraws as host of 2026 Commonwealth Games

Australia withdraws as host of 2026 Commonwealth Games

The Australian state of Victoria has withdrawn from hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with Premier Dan Andrews stating that he is unwilling to spend up to A$7 billion on “a 12-day sporting event.”

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Andrews stated that the cost had ballooned and that he would instead shift funds to state housing and sporting infrastructure.

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