Newport's velodrome could form a part of the Cardiff Commonwealth Games bid ©Cardiff Cycling

A potential bid from Wales for the 2026 Commonwealth Games has received cross-party support from British Members of Parliament during a debate in the House of Commons in Westminster.

MPs will now meet with key officials involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in order to establish what is needed to launch a successful bid.

The adjournment debate was called by Craig Williams, the Conservative MP for Cardiff North, and was supported by colleague Alun Cairns, the Vale of Glamorgan MP, who also serves as the Government's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales.

There was also support for the idea from Labour, Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru parties.

Wales last hosted what was then called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958 when they took place in Cardiff. 

An economic study was commissioned following the success of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two years ago but Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones warned the cost was "too prohibitive" because the British Government would not provide any financial support. 

Support appears to have risen since then, however, with Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood having cited the bid as a priority should her party win the Welsh elections later this year. 

Existing venues beyond Cardiff would be utilised, MPs said, including the velodrome in Newport, a national swimming pool in Swansea and a potential mountain-biking course in Snowdonia.

Mountain-biking could be held in Snowdonia during a Welsh Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images
Mountain-biking could be held in Snowdonia during a Welsh Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Cairns claimed, though, that rennovation work and the construction of new facilities would also be required.

"These facilities are widely spread and that's something we need to take into account, but also there needs to be additional facilities," he said.

"One pool is insufficient, there would need to be a practice pool.

"One velodrome is insufficient, by then it will be 20 years old, there needs to be a practice and a warm-up facility - which demonstrates the planning and construction challenges that exist."

Cardiff's transport network would be another potential problem, MPs were warned.

"Over the next week or so I'm meeting with one of the individuals responsible for the planning of the 2012 Games in London to establish what practically Wales would need to achieve," Cairns added.

"There needs to be a team approach and the Wales Office stands ready and waiting to coordinate and bring together all of those issues from transport problems right the way through to immigration and security opportunities.

"What I truly hope as a result of the initiative being pursued by all Members of Parliament here and by the UK Government is that we could host the Commonwealth Games in 2026."

Welsh MPs have vowed to talk to officials involved in the success of London 2012 ©Getty Images
Welsh MPs have vowed to talk to officials involved in the success of London 2012 ©Getty Images

Various major sporting events have been held in Wales in recent times, including the International Paralympic Committee Athletics European Championships in Swansea in 2014. 

The World Half Marathon Championships are also due to take place in Cardiff on March 26 and the capital has been named as the host of the Women’s EuroHockey Championship Division II in 2017.

Durban was awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games last year as the sole bidder following the withdrawal of Canada's Edmonton due to falling oil prices.

Edmonton has vowed to instead focus upon the 2026 edition, for which another possible contender is Port Moresby, the Papua New Guinea capital which hosted last year's Pacific Games.

The Commonwealth Games Federation is expected to choose a host city in 2019.