Liverpool could bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games after mayor Joe Anderson announced he plans to explore the possibility should he win re-election next month.
In a letter written to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, Anderson revealed he wanted the Merseyside city to follow recent British hosts Manchester and Glasgow in staging the event in 10 years' time.
The Games were held in Glasgow two years ago and will take place in Gold Coast in Australia in 2018 and in Durban in 2022, and mayor Anderson has made it one of his election ambitions to look into the possibility of Liverpool as a host city.
In his letter to Mr Whittingdale, he said: "Given our highly-successful year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city has an acute sense of how culture and sport can be catalysed for their regenerative potential, as well as a track record in rising to the occasion in delivering a high-profile, large scale programme of events.
"With that in mind, it is my strong conviction that Liverpool, as a multi-ethnic city with strong connections to so many Commonwealth nations, is a fitting host for the Games. Also, as a cornerstone of the 'Northern Powerhouse' initiative, the potential benefits of hosting the Games would disperse widely around the Liverpool City-Region as well as the wider North West of England."
Mayor Anderson is seeking a second term in office next month and stressed that, should he keep his post, he will begin assessing the cost around staging the 2026 Games in Liverpool.