Athletics legend Brendan Foster has expressed his delight that Birmingham has been chosen as the UK’s candidate city to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Foster, who retired from BBC athletics commentating duties at the World Championships last month, recently joined the team that presented Birmingham’s bid to the assessment panel and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

A former Commonwealth and European gold medallist, Foster is founder of The Great Run Company, organisers of the annual Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run, Great Birmingham 10k and first-ever Birmingham International Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 15.

The three running events have given Foster an insight into Birmingham’s ability to host high-profile events and he is ‘convinced’ the city will now go on to be awarded the 2022 Games.

“I’m delighted but not all surprised that Birmingham is to go forward as the UK’s city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” he said.

“It’s the right time, in the right place, in a city that has all the facilities in place.

“I’m convinced that Birmingham can take the next step and be awarded the Games. And when they are, they’ll have the opportunity to host the best ever Commonwealth Games.”