New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Nicki Nicol has congratulated the state of Victoria in Australia on successfully being named as the 2026 Commonwealth Games hosts. Nicol says the announcement is great news for New Zealand, and all of Oceania. 

“Bringing the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Victoria is fantastic news for New Zealand. This is another Southern Hemisphere Games on the runway to the Olympic Games in Brisbane 2032. New Zealand athletes will have a home advantage with better travel, training and performance opportunities, and only a quick flight for friends, whanau and fans to support the team on the ground.

“It’s exciting to focus on maximising the benefits these ‘home Games’ can deliver, including the opportunity to host pre-Commonwealth Games training camps in New Zealand in the build up to 2026.

“The selection of Victoria also signals a new and exciting approach to the Commonwealth Games. Regional or nation-wide Games are now viable and future host nations can tailor the sports programme to their sporting, cultural and social needs.

"We look forward working with our Commonwealth colleagues in Victoria over the coming four years." 

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