The 2022 Commonwealth Games officially known as the XXII commonwealth games and commonly known as Birmingham 200, is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the commonwealth of nations. The first games introduced in 1930 take place every four years since then. The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British empire and commonwealth games from 1954 to 1966 and British Commonwealth Games From 1970 to 1974.
Athletes with a disability are also included as full members of their national teams, making the Commonwealth Games as the first fully inclusive international multi-sport event. It is also the world’s first multi-sport event which inducts an equal number of women’s and men’s medal events and was implemented recently in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The city was announced as the host at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017.
One of the youngest cities in Europe, Birmingham is vibrant and richly diverse. It is well known for always offering a warm welcome to visitors from around the world.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will exhibit the very fine of Global Britain to the world, showcasing the region’s strengths of being linked and accessible; teens and inclusivity; and a focal point on regeneration and rejuvenation. Birmingham is perfectly located to attract people to the Games and to make sure that the advantages of hosting make bigger from the metropolis and region to the UK and the Commonwealth.
“Birmingham is truly the Commonwealth’s city, and we look forward to showcasing its humanity and pride over the coming months and years.- Louise Martin CBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President”
Birmingham 2022 proposes three new sports to Commonwealth Games schedule
Women’s T20 cricket is one of three new sports that could be added to the programme of events at Birmingham 2022 after the organisers proposals were given approval by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Executive Board.
Under the proposals, beach volleyball and Para table tennis have also been recommended for inclusion in the programme, in a move that could see more medals available for women and more para-sports included, compared to any other previous edition of the Commonwealth Games.
“CGF President, Dame Louise Martin DBE, said: “We welcome the proposal from Birmingham 2022 to include the three additional sports of women’s cricket, beach volleyball and Para table tennis at the Games. Following a careful review, the CGF Executive Board agreed to recommend to our Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) that they approve the proposed sports joining the programme. However, for the sports to be confirmed, we will need to receive a positive response from a minimum of 51% of the CGAs.”
“We must respect this process and hope to make a positive announcement in late July or early August following the conclusion of the vote.”
The addition of women’s cricket to the schedule is likely to be popular not only with spectators locally in Birmingham but also for fans across competing nations, with 90% of the sport’s one billion fans worldwide thought to reside in the Commonwealth.
It is expected that the inclusion of the new sports will bring a young and diverse audience to the Games, a pivotal factor in the selection of beach volleyball.
Boasting a full stadia throughout both the London 2012 Olympic Games and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games competitions, it is believed that beach volleyball could enjoy similar success for Birmingham 2022. Teamed with its broad appeal, it was felt the inclusion of the sport could bring an added energy and dynamism to the programme.