The 2022 Commonwealth Games, which takes place in Birmingham, will feature more medals for women’s competitions than it will for men’s, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has confirmed.
The Games will have the largest women’s and para sport programmes in its history, with the addition of women’s T20 cricket, beach volleyball and para table tennis at the event the West Midlands. The additions mean that there are currently 133 men’s medals up for grabs, with 135 set out for women’s competition.
The three sports were added after a majority of the 71 Commonwealth Games associations voted in favour, while shooting (which has been part of every games since 1974) missed out.
The Games will take place from 27th July - 7th August 2022 and will feature 4,500 athletes.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin said: “Today is an historic day for the Commonwealth Games and I am delighted that we can now confirm that Birmingham 2022 is set to have the largest ever female and para-sport programme in history.
“I would like to congratulate and formally welcome Women’s T20 Cricket, Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis to the official sports programme for Birmingham 2022 and I know they will all help enhance what will be a spectacular and vibrant multi-sport event.
“I would also like to thank our Commonwealth Games Associations for recognising the benefit that these three exciting sports will add to Birmingham 2022 and voting to include them to the sports programme.
“We are passionate advocates of women’s sport and para-sport so I am thrilled we are able to make this special announcement today.”
International Cricket Council Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We are delighted and honoured the Commonwealth Games Associations voted to include Women’s T20 cricket as a sport at the next Commonwealth Games.
“This is a very significant moment for women’s cricket and for the global cricket community, who were united in their support of this bid. Our partnership with the Commonwealth Games is a significant step forward in realizing our ambition for the women’s game. All the players who are lucky enough to compete at Birmingham 2022 will be part of a truly memorable experience.”