Liverpool ready to host in 2022 Commonwealth Games four years early
Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick will serve as the chairman of Liverpool's Commonwealth Games bid - with his team still months away from discovering whether they will be considered as replacement hosts for the 2022 event.
Barwick worked for the FA between 2005 and 2008, and the 62-year-old Liverpudlian is currently serving as the chairman of the Rugby Football League and the National League.
He will drive the north-west city's bid for one of the forthcoming Games, either in 2022 or 2026, with the opportunity to stage the event in five years' time now open after original hosts Durban were stripped of the honour last month following budgetary concerns.
Three English cities - Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester - have expressed an interest in replacing Durban but Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, is not expecting to learn of the Commonwealth Games Federation's plans to reallocate the Games for another three to four months.
"The bid's for 2026, but 2022's come onto the market," said Barwick. "We'd be stupid not to really have a serious look at it. If we go for it, we'll get it. We're up for it."