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What are the sports at the Commonwealth Games 2022?

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games start Thursday (Photo: Getty)

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are upon us, with more than 5,000 athletes heading to Birmingham to represent their countries and compete for medals.

The Commonwealth Games are international multi-sport events attended by athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

First held in 1930 and held every four years except in 1942 and 1946, the Commonwealth Games are gearing up for their 22nd edition.

More than 5,000 athletes representing 72 countries and territories will compete over 11 days, with opening and closing ceremonies at Alexander Stadium on July 28 and August 8, respectively.

With Birmingham announced as the host city at the end of 2017, England will host the Commonwealth Games for the third time after London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002.

What sports will be at the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

Earn 280 medals in 20 sports. Women’s T20 Cricket, 3×3 Basketball and 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball will make their debut at the competition.

In addition to the 10 core sports that were part of the previous Commonwealth Games in 2018 (Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Lawn Bowl, Netball (Women), Rugby Sevens, Squash, Swimming and Weightlifting), 5 Two new sports will be integrated. This category includes road cycling, judo, triathlon, table tennis and wrestling.

The new regulations integrate many para sports into four core sports: athletics, lawnball, swimming and weightlifting.

Sports for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Swimming: Diving (12 events) / Swimming (52 events)
Athletics (58)
badminton (6)
3×3 basketball (4)
beach volleyball (2)
Boxing (16)
cricket (1)
Cycling: mountain biking / road cycling / track cycling
Gymnastics: Gymnastics/Rhythmic Gymnastics
field hockey (2)
Judo (14)
lawn bowl (11)
netball (1)
Para powerlifting (4)
Rugby Sevens (2)
squash (5)
table tennis (11)
Triathlon (5)
Weightlifting (16)
Wrestling (12)

This tournament boasts the largest number of women’s events (136 events) and para athletes (42 events) in the history of the tournament.

Five-time Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmons says this summer’s Commonwealth Games is a great opportunity for parasports to make a big impact.

“More events are showing how powerful the parasports movement is,” she said. BBC sports.

“That’s very good for parasports and shows that it’s just as important for able-bodied sports to have events on a level playing field.

“Several great para-athletes competed and they deserve to be held in as high a esteem as non-disabled athletes.

“We have seen great momentum. Para-athletes are now seen as professional athletes and inspiring the next generation.

Simmons, who grew up in Aldridge near Walsall, said: “Having a big sporting event in my hometown is very exciting for me.

“You can feel the excitement in the game and for the first time in years we need such a large sporting event in the UK.

“It’s special for an athlete to fight in front of a home crowd again. It’s like an adrenaline rush.

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