The UK government has introduced a bill to prohibit the unauthorised sale of tickets for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The legislation contains a number of temporary measures which all have precedence in previous legislation for major sporting events, including rules introduced for the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill states that only those authorised to sell tickets by the Organising Committee will be permitted to do so and that “buying tickets will be clear, simple and affordable.”

It also includes measures that will ensure transport flows effectively, commercial rights are protected and that the government’s funding of the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee continues to comply with financial propriety rules.

John Crabtree, chairman of Birmingham 2022, said: “The introduction of this Bill is a significant moment in our preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and it contains a number of important, temporary measures to help ensure a truly world-class event.

“The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for the transformation of the whole region and hosting this event brings with it incredible opportunities and benefits for the people of the West Midlands. We are determined to use the Games as a way of demonstrating to the world the vibrancy and passion that we have to offer.”

The Games will take place between July 27 and August 7, and will be the biggest sporting event ever held in the city, featuring thousands of athletes, over a million spectators and an estimated global TV audience of 1.5 billion.

Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society said: “With almost three years to go, this Bill is an important step. It helps ensure the Games will be delivered effectively and successfully.”

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