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Victoria was and then was not going to submit a bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. David Black, owner of Black Press, which includes nearly 200 community newspapers, didn’t get any love from the provincial government on his proposal. So the hope of a repeat of the glory and pride of 1994 was dashed.

On the heels of the news of Sport Host CEO Hugh McDonald’s imminent retirement – Sport Host’s primary mandate is to attract national and international sporting events to the capital – news comes of another opportunity, the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

Victoria, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax are each submitting bids to host the 2020 edition.

Deadline is March 15. A committee that inspects the prospective sites will visit in April. Then, in Montreal the following month, presentations from bid committees will be heard and the awarding of the games will be announced at the end of May, 2018. It’s a fast turnaround timeframe.

Apparently, the cost to bid is $10,000, which is being supported by Tourism Victoria.

The federal and provincial governments will both put in over $3 million towards the $10 million investment required to host NAIG. Any additional funds that may be required will need to be raised by the winning bid committee.

The 2020 Victoria NAIG bid is being organized by the Songhees Nation and will involve all nations on the Southern Vancouver Island.

The sports would include basketball, track and field, swimming, badminton, baseball, softball, box lacrosse, canoe/kayak, rifle shooting, golf, archery, soccer, wrestling and volleyball.

Victoria hosted the games in 1997 and Duncan hosted the 2008 games. Toronto was the most recent host in 2017.