The Commonwealth Games Is Handed To Birmingham

16 April 2018, 08:06 | Updated: 16 April 2018, 08:21

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Birmingham has officially taken over the Commonwealth Games.

The UK's second city will host the competition in 2022.

Around a billion people watched the ceremony on Sunday which began with Birmingham's Lord Mayor Anne Underwood telling crowds in Australia: "We are a very young and diverse city - we will showcase our city's youth and diversity."

There were performances from rappers and speak artists before crossing over to Birmingham where viewers were treated to a colourful routine by hundreds of dancers in Victoria Square.

They performed to 'Mr Blue Sky' by Birmingham band ELO.


 There was a choir, drag queens in the fountain 

Erdington rapper Lady Sanity took to the stage in the Gold Coast along with poet Amerah Saleh.


Team England will hope a home Games helps them build on a second-placed finish in the medal table on the Gold Coast this year.

They won 45 golds altogether with 136 medals in total.