Commonwealth Games: Seven things to know

Commonwealth Games: Seven things to know

The 21st Edition of the Commonwealth Games begins today, the 28th of July and here is a refresher course on 7 important things to know about the Games before its commencement.

It was formerly referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’

It is a multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth of nations consists of 56 independent countries and 32 territories. Over 2.5 billion citizens live in Commonwealth countries, with more than 60 per cent aged 29 or under.

The 2022 Edition of the Commonwealth Games will be held in The West Midlands City of Birmingham, England.

The 2022 Edition of the Commonwealth Games will feature 72 nations which includes the 54 Commonwealth of Nations countries and 18 territories.

The Games will begin on Thursday, 28th July 2022, and end on 8th August 2022.

The Games will feature over 5,000 athletes competing in Nineteen different sports. 1,875 medals will be given out at the 283 medal events

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 features the largest number of events for women (136) and Para-sport athletes (42) in Commonwealth Games history.

Games Venues include:

Arena Birmingham – Birmingham (Gymnastics)

Edgbaston Ground – Birmingham (Cricket (Women’s T20I))

Sutton Park – Birmingham (Triathlon)

University of Birmingham – Birmingham (Hockey, squash)

Smithfield – Birmingham (3×3 basketball, beach volleyball, marathon (start))

Victoria Square – Birmingham (Marathon (finish))

Cannock Chase Forest – Cannock Chase district (Cycling (mountain biking))

Coventry Stadium and Arena – Coventry (Rugby 7s, judo, wrestling)

Sandwell Aquatics Centre – Sandwell Aquatics (swimming and diving)

National Exhibition Centre – Solihull (Netball, weightlifting/powerlifting, table tennis, boxing, badminton)

West Park – Wolverhampton (Cycling (time trial))

Myton Fields – Warwick (Cycling – road race)

Victoria Park – Royal Leamington Spa (Lawn bowling)

Lee Valley VeloPark – London (Cycling – track)


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