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The 2022 Commonwealth Video games begin on Thursday (Image: Getty) The 2022 Commonwealth Video games...
The 2022 Commonwealth Games starts on Thursday
The 2022 Commonwealth Video games begin on Thursday (Image: Getty)

The 2022 Commonwealth Video games are upon us and greater than 5,000 athletes are heading to Birmingham to signify their nations and battle for medals.

The Commonwealth Video games is an worldwide multi-sport occasion involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

First held in 1930 and going down each 4 years since besides in 1942 and 1946, the Commonwealth Video games is making ready for its 22nd version.

Over 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories are set to compete over the course of 11 days, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies going down on the Alexander Stadium on July 28 and August eight respectively.

With Birmingham introduced as host on the finish of 2017, England is internet hosting the Commonwealth Video games for a 3rd time following London 1934 and Manchester 2002.

What sports activities are on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games?

There are 280 medals up for grabs throughout 20 sports activities. Girls’s T20 cricket, 3×Three basketball and three×Three wheelchair basketball are making their Video games debuts.

Along with the ten core sports activities that had been a part of the final Commonwealth Video games in 2018 – athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, garden bowls, netball (for girls), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting – 5 new sports activities might be built-in into this class: highway biking, judo, triathlon, desk tennis and wrestling.

The brand new laws additionally see various para-sports built-in inside 4 core sports activities: athletics, garden bowls, swimming and weightlifting.

Sports activities within the 2022 Commonwealth Video games

This yr’s occasion options the biggest variety of occasions for girls (136) and Para-sport athletes (42) in Video games historical past.

5-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds says this summer time’s Commonwealth Video games are an enormous alternative for para-sport to make a major impression.

‘Extra occasions present how highly effective the Para-sport motion is,’ she instructed BBC Sport.

‘It’s so good for Para-sport, and for the occasions to be on a stage taking part in area right here reveals it’s as vital as able-bodied sport.

‘There might be some superb Para-athletes competing they usually deserve as a lot recognition because the non-disabled athletes.

‘We now have seen an enormous momentum. Para-athletes at the moment are seen as skilled athletes and are inspiring the subsequent era.’

Simmonds, who grew up in Aldridge, close to Walsall, added: ‘It’s so thrilling for me to have a giant sporting occasion in what is absolutely my house metropolis.

‘You possibly can really feel the excitement of the Video games and we’d like a giant sporting occasion like this in Britain after the couple of years we’ve had.

‘For the athletes, will probably be particular to compete in entrance of a house crowd once more. It’s like an adrenaline rush.’

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