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Birmingham 2022 set for largest ever female and para-sport programme in Commonwealth Games history

Three more sports have been confirmed for Birmingham 2022 Credit: Commonwealth Games Federation

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has announced that Birmingham 2022 is set to have the largest ever female and para sport programme in history.

The announcement was made after it was confirmed Women’s T20 Cricket, Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis will be included in the next Commonwealth Games.

The addition of Women’s T20 Cricket will see eight teams compete at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium.

The only other time cricket has taken place at the Commonwealth Games was in Kuala Lumpa in 1998 when South Africa were winners of the men's 50 overs competition.

“Seeing women’s T20 recognised as a sport in the Commonwealth Games is fantastic for the game of cricket and we’re thrilled that Edgbaston can play a leading role by hosting this first ever tournament at Birmingham 2022."

– Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire CCC
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medals for female athletes will be up for grabs at 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

135 medals will be available for female athletes to win, compared to the previous best of 133 at the last Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast last year.

It marks the first time in history that a major multi-sport event will feature more women’s than men’s medal events.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games logo Credit: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Games will take place from 27 July to August 7 in 2022. Last month Birmingham celebrated three years until the start of the event.

There will be up to 4,500 athletes competing at Birmingham 2022 across 19 sports.

  • Aquatics - Sandwell Aquatics Centre
  • Athletics - Alexander Stadium
  • Badminton - Resorts World Arena
  • Basketball - Victoria Square
  • Beach Volleyball - (TBC)
  • Boxing - National Exhibition Centre
  • Cricket - Edgbaston Stadium
  • Cycling - Lee Valley Velo Park, London
  • Gymnastics - Arena Birmingham
  • Judo - National Exhibition Centre
  • Field Hockey - University of Birmingham
  • Lawn Bowls - Victoria Park, Leamington Spa
  • Netball - Ericsson Indoor Arena, Coventry
  • Rugby Sevens - Villa Park
  • Squash - University of Birmingham
  • Table Tennis - National Exhibition Centre
  • Triathlon - (TBC)
  • Weightlifting - Symphony Hall
  • Wrestling - National Exhibition Centre