Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid said the Commonwealth Games was "game-changing for the region" ©Getty Images

Chief executive Ian Reid has claimed that Birmingham 2022 "delivered a stand-out edition of the Commonwealth Games" in what he said would be the final message from the Organising Committee.

Birmingham became the third English city to stage the Games from July 28 to August 8, stepping in when Durban in South Africa was stripped of hosting rights due to financial issues.

Reid had previously served as chief financial officer for the Organising Committee when his home city of Glasgow held the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

He assumed the role of Birmingham 2022 chief executive on a permanent basis in 2019, and thanked all participants in the Games for what he believes was a success story.

Reid said that this would be "the final message you receive from us", and offered his best wishes for 2023.

Ian Reid thanked all participants at Birmingham 2022, including the 14,000 volunteers ©Getty Images
Ian Reid thanked all participants at Birmingham 2022, including the 14,000 volunteers ©Getty Images

"Collectively, we delivered a stand-out edition of the Commonwealth Games that was game-changing for the region," Reid wrote.

"You played a part in this.

"You might have been one of the 14,000 members of our volunteer workforce, the Commonwealth Collective, who dedicated your time and energy to bringing the Games to life, or one of the 1.5 million spectators cheering home one of many thousands of athletes to take part in the Games, a super-shopper who brought the colour in your head-to-toe Perry merchandise, or just a friendly face at one of our festival sites, who smiled, greeted, and said 'hello' to one of the five million visitors that we welcomed to the region.

"Whoever you are, wherever you are from and whatever you did at Games-time, know that it was all of us, as one, who came together to cheer, celebrate, and create memories that will last for years to come".

Birmingham was awarded the 2026 European Athletics Championships earlier this year, making use of the expanded and refurbished Alexander Stadium, and City Council officials including Leader Ian Ward have claimed that the Commonwealth Games is "just the start".