Birmingham faces a race against time to prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games - but will deliver, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.
She was speaking at a Downing Street reception for British athletes who returned from the Gold Coast Games, including the England netball team who secured a dramatic gold medal win on the final day of competition.
Despite having just four years, compared to the usual seven, to organise the major sporting event she said Britain would draw on the experience behind the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Government is footing three-quarters of the cost of bringing the Games to Birmingham.
After praising the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish achievements in Australia, Mrs May said: "I hope that we can build on all of these legacies when we host the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
"Delivering these Games will be an extraordinary feat.
"Normally you have about seven years to prepare for hosting a major international sporting event. Birmingham will be doing it in a little over four.
"The handover ceremony itself is normally a year and a half in the making; but Birmingham has already done it in around 12 weeks."
Birmingham's part of the ceremony included a spectacular dance finale in Victoria Square to ELO's classic song Mr Blue Sky which was beamed around the world.
"In Birmingham, we have the perfect host," Mrs May said, "With more than 300,000 residents in West Midlands born in a non-UK Commonwealth country , we have a city and wider region that is fully representative of the Commonwealth family.
"We are making a £70 million investment in Alexander Stadium – I was there towards the end of the games .
"Together with the upgrading of facilities across the city we will have an economic and sporting legacy for the region that will be felt for years to come."
Given the short time scale and financial limits Birmingham is making use of existing venues, including the NEC, Genting Arena, Villa Park, Ricoh Arena Coventry, London's Olympic velodrome and an upgraded Alexender Stadium.
The Prime Minister added: "Let’s make Birmingham 2022 the greatest ever Commonwealth Games delivered in the fastest ever time."