From the 28th July, Team England, Team Scotland, Team Wales and Team Northern Ireland will compete against 68 other nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Across 19 different sports in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, it will be the biggest multi-sport event staged in the UK for a decade.
Showcasing 11 days of competition, with 286 sessions of sport, there will be more medals available for women than men and, the largest para sport programme in Commonwealth Games history. Athletics, wheelchair basketball, cycling, lawn bowls, para powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and triathlon are the eight para sports on the programme. Women’s T20 cricket, basketball 3×3, wheelchair basketball 3×3 and mixed synchronised diving will all debut in Birmingham.
The Commonwealth Games bring nations together in a colourful celebration of sport and human performance. But the Games have evolved dramatically since its beginnings in 1930.
Held every four years, with a hiatus during World War II, the Games have grown; from featuring 11 countries and 400 athletes, to a global spectacle of 6,600 sports men and women from across 72 nations and territories.
The Games aim to unite the Commonwealth family through a glorious festival of sport and, are underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, the event is renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.
Following London 1934 and Manchester 2002, the 2022 Games will be the first time the West Midlands has played host to the event. As preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games take shape, the West Midlands become part of a lasting legacy. One that displays world-class teamwork, athleticism and friendship.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will begin on Thursday 28 July and ends on Monday 8 August.
The Commonwealth Games comprises of all sports officially recognised and approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). There are a total of 16 core sports and a further four core para-sports that are competed at every games. The sports taking place at this year’s Games are:
Aquatics – Diving , Aquatics – Swimming, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball 3 x 3, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling – Mountain Biking, Cycling – Road, Cycling – Track, Gymnastics – Artistic, Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Field Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Para Powerlifting, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
Birmingham 2022 will take place in 15 venues spread across the West Midlands region, with seven of them, including the athletics stadium and marathon route, being located in the city of Birmingham. The National Exhibition Centre complex, located on the fringes of the city in neighbouring Solihull, will play host to the Games both in its exhibition halls and at the NEC Arena. The six other regional hosts are Coventry, Cannock Chase, Royal Leamington Spa, Sandwell, Warwick and Wolverhampton. A sixteenth venue, the Lee Valley VeloPark in Stratford, East London, will host the track cycling.
For the day-to-day competition schedule, click here.
With Boxing and Judo being two of the Martial Arts included in this year’s Commonwealth Games, we’ll be taking a deeper look into both disciplines in the build up to the event in two weeks time. Whether it’s facts, event details, competitors or where to watch, we’ll keep you posted on everything you need to know. Keep your eyes peeled!
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