Jane Howlett,Minister for Sport and Recreation
The Premier has sent a letter to Craig Phillips, Commonwealth Games Australia Chief Executive Officer, formally requesting that Tasmania be given consideration to play a part as a host State for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Our Government is committed to delivering more elite sporting content for Tasmanians to enjoy – and importantly, provide pathways for local sports men, women and children.
We are confident that we can work collaboratively with Commonwealth Games Australia on the opportunities Tasmania presents as either a host or co-host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Tasmania has clearly demonstrated our ability to deliver elite sporting content. Hobart’s Blundstone Arena recently played host to the Fifth Ashes Test. This historic Test Match gave Tasmania international exposure as a premiere destination for sporting events.
In 2021, Tasmania successfully hosted a record fourteen AFL matches, including two Elimination Finals, and the first twenty matches of the 2021 Women’s Big Bash League.
Furthermore, later this year, Hobart will play host to nine ICC Men’s T20 World Cup matches, further highlighting our State’s ability to hold major sporting events.
Tasmania is well placed to be showcased on the international stage as part of hosting this major event.