The Commonwealth Games is a large scale multi-sport competition, contested by members of the Commonwealth of Nations (although there are 53 members, 71 teams compete as some territories compete under their own flags). Founded originally as the British Empire Games in 1930, the most recent Games was held in the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018.
There are 22 sports and 7 para-sports which can be included in the Commonwealth Games. Core sports must be included in the Games, whilst some optional sports can be included if the host nation wishes:
- Archery (Optional)
- Athletics (Core)
- Para Athletics (Core)
- Badminton (Core)
- Basketball 3×3 (Optional)
- Boxing (Core)
- Cricket (Optional)
- Cycling – Mountain Bike (Optional)
- Cycling – Para Track (Optional)
- Cycling – Road (Core)
- Cycling – Track (Optional)
- Diving (Optional)
- Hockey (Core)
- Gymnastics – Artistic (Core)
- Gymnastics – Rhythmic (Optional)
- Judo (Core)
- Lawn Bowls (Core)
- Para Lawn Bowls (Core)
- Netball – Women (Core)
- Powerlifting (Core)
- Rugby Sevens (Core)
- Shooting (Optional)
- Squash (Core)
- Swimming (Core)
- Para Swimming (Core)
- Table Tennis (Core)
- Para Table Tennis (Optional)
- Triathlon (Core)
- Volleyball -Beach (Optional)
- Weightlifting (Core)
- Wheelchair Basketball (Optional)
- Wrestling -Freestyle (Core)
When is the Commonwealth Games?
The Commonwealth Games takes place every 4 years, with the 22nd edition scheduled from Wednesday 27th July to Sunday 7th August 2022.
Where is the Commonwealth Games?
Durban in South Africa were originally awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games but were stripped as hosts in March 2017 due to financial constraints. The 2022 Commonwealth Games is therefore instead being hosted in Birmingham, England for the first time at the following venues:
- Alexander Stadium (Capacity – 40,000) – Ceremonies & Athletics
- National Exhibition Centre (Capacity – 5,000) – Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis & Freestyle Wrestling
- Resorts World Arena (Capacity – 15,000) – Badminton
- Arena Birmingham (Capacity – 15,000) – Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Symphony Hall (Capacity – 2,200) – Weightlifting
- University of Birmingham (Capacity – 5,000) – Squash & Hockey
- Sandwell Aquatics Centre (Capacity – 5,000) – Swimming & Diving
- Villa Park (Capacity – 42,000) – Rugby 7s
- Victoria Square (Capacity – 3,000) – Basketball 3×3
- Ericsson Indoor Arena, Coventry (Capacity – 7,000) – Netball
- Victoria Park, Leamington Spa (Capacity – 2,000) – Bowls
- Edgbaston Cricket Ground (Capacity – 25,000) – Cricket
- Lee Valley VeloPark, London (Capacity – 6,000) – Cycling (track)
How do I get there?
Birmingham International Airport has links to a number of destinations, with airports in London and Manchester also within close proximity.
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How do I get tickets to the Commonwealth Games?
Ticket information for the 2022 Commonwealth Games has yet to be released, however you can consult the official website (link at the bottom of this page) for any updated information.
Where and when is the next Commonwealth Games?
The hosts of the 2026 Commonwealth Games have yet to be decided, with Adelaide in Australia and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea currently considering bidding to host.
Official Commonwealth Games Website: https://thecgf.com
Official 2022 Commonwealth Games Website:https://www.birmingham2022.com/
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