Victoria, Australia is set to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

‘Exclusive dialogues’ have began between the Commonwealth Games Federation and governing bodies.

The hosts are expected to be announced in April this year.

CGF President Dame Louise Martin said:

“We are pleased to have entered into an exclusive dialogue with Victoria,” CGF president Dame Louise Martin said.

“Following months of positive discussions, it is clear that Victoria has an exciting vision for a future Games.

“Victoria is one of the world’s greatest sporting states and there is no doubt it has the venues, infrastructure and people to stage a world-class edition of the Games.”

The 2026 games will take place under the new Commonwealth plans, which allows host nations to handpick which sports to host.

Only athletics and swimming are mandatory.

As reported last week, e-sports will be hosted at the 2022 games in Birmingham – although there will be no medals.

If the debut-sport is a success, there is potential for it to become a fully-fledged medal awarded championship in 2026.

E-sports will be introduced in Birmingham 2022, with Dota 2 believed to be amongst the titles to be played