Alberta's Ministry of Tourism and Sports confirmed on Thursday that the Canadian province withdrew its support for the bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games, a move that essentially terminates the proposal.
Minister Joseph Schow stated that cost was behind this decision, following reports that the provincial government had committed up to $2M to explore the feasibility of hosting the Games while the city of Edmonton committed $1M.
Alberta's decision to no longer develop its bid proposal for 2030 is the latest fallout of a domino effect that has been triggered when Australia's Victoria canceled the 2026 Commonwealth Games — likely delivering the final blow to the almost 100-year-old event. As worldwide interest in hosting the four-yearly extravaganza dwindles, it seems that Birmingham 2022 Games may indeed have been the last.
It's certain that Commonwealth Games are in turmoil as high costs have caused Victoria and Alberta to pull out of hosting its two next editions, but troubles in attracting bids are not exclusive to this event. The International Rugby League has postponed the next edition of its World Cup after France withdrew its bid, and several applicants have canceled their bids to host the 2030 Winter Olympics. This reflects a broader trend of international sporting competitions in general.