Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid believes 2020 will be a busy year for the Organising Committee ©Birmingham 2022

Birmingham 2022 are expecting a busy year, with major construction projects, the finalisation of venues and development of their cultural programme.

Ian Reid, Birmingham 2022 chief executive, outlined the organisation's key tasks for 2020 in a blog post.

He said several key accomplishments have been made during 2019, including the start of construction on the Athletes' Village, the organisation's budget announcement and finalisation of the sports programme.

The naming of Birmingham 2022's first sponsor, announcing the Athletes' Advisory Committee and brand campaign were among other achievements outlined by Reid.

Reid said the organisation had several upcoming milestones as preparations for the Games continue.

"We know that 2020 will be another busy year and are already looking forward to seeing the start of major construction at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, finalising our portfolio of competition and training venues, completing our venue operational planning and agreeing the detail of the sports programme," Reid wrote.

"We'll also be revealing more about our culture programme and Queen's Baton Relay, as we now have staff dedicated to this celebration of the Games and can't wait to share our exciting plans on this and many other important areas.

"A new Director of Legacy for the Birmingham 2022 partnership will be confirmed early in 2020 and we'll be adding new members to our Legacy and Benefits Committee.

"This group will be leading the work on ensuring that Birmingham and the West Midlands benefit as much as possible from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"A big thank you to everyone that's been working with us in 2019 and we look forward to strengthening partnerships in 2020, as we continue our mission to organise the best possible Games."

Plans for Birmingham 2022's Queen's Baton Relay will be developed in 2020 ©Getty Images
Plans for Birmingham 2022's Queen's Baton Relay will be developed in 2020 ©Getty Images

Last month, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Coordination Commission chair Bruce Robertson claimed organisers had "all the ingredients to host a truly memorable event that will leave a lasting legacy for the region and the wider Commonwealth".

Organisers have expressed confidence in the schedule for the major construction projects, while confirmation of venues for the beach volleyball and 3x3 basketball competitions is expected early this year.

The CGF and Birmingham 2022 will consider a proposal from the Indian Olympic Association to host Commonwealth Games shooting and archery medal events four months before the start of Birmingham 2022.

The proposal has been backed by the International Shooting Sport Federation and World Archery.

A decision is expected from the CGF Executive Board at its next meeting in London on February 20 and 21.