The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has unveiled a packed daily schedule, fitting two weekends of action into a busy summer of sport.
The Games have been scheduled to give athletes competing in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon - moved from the summer of 2021 to 2022 - the chance to compete in both events, with athletics starting on day five of the Commonwealth Games.
Meanwhile, 14 events will take place on the opening day, with 11 days of swimming and diving, 8 days of cricket, 8 days of gymnastics and 7 days of athletics. Overall, there will also be 10 days of para sport across the two-week event.
“We’re extremely excited to be unveiling the daily schedule as we know that this will make the Games much more real for everyone, now that they can see exactly which sports will be taking place on each day,” said Ian Reid, CEO, Birmingham 2022.
“I’d like to thank all of the international and national governing bodies who have been working closely with us to ensure that we created an exciting schedule which also provides all competitors with the maximum period of recovery possible during what will be an action packed summer of sport in 2022.”
The unveiling of the new schedule confirms that there will now be two full weekends of competition, and organisers say they hope the move will allow more than a million spectators to attend the Games.
David Grevemberg, CEO, The Commonwealth Games Federation, said: “My message to Commonwealth Sport fans around the globe is simple: Get Excited!
“Now is the moment to visit the Birmingham 2022 website and sign-up for updates around tickets, volunteering and general opportunities to get involved in what will be one of the greatest sporting spectacles the country has ever seen.
“This innovative and exciting sports schedule highlights exceptional partnership working from so many stakeholders to ensure the UK stages a fantastic, celebratory summer of sport in 2022.
“The level of collaboration with the likes of World Athletics and UEFA has been unprecedented to ensure Birmingham 2022 retains a premium spot in an exciting period that will include the UEFA Women’s EURO in England and World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
“For athletes and spectators, Birmingham 2022 will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something truly special for the city, the region, the country and the entire Commonwealth. I hope all of you out there embrace this opportunity to be part of a Games for everyone.”