Commonwealth Games to only have two compulsory sports

13 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The number of compulsory sports that Commonwealth Games hosts will have to stage in future is set to be cut from 16 to just 2.

Under the new strategic roadmap approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), athletics and swimming will be the only compulsory sports at the 2026 and 2030 Commonwealth Games as hosts are afforded greater flexibility in choosing a suitable programme for their audience and budget.

The shake-up is designed to give potential hosts more choice over their programme and will allow a more sustainable long-term agenda, with increased awareness of how sport and culture can positively impact communities.

Bidders will also be able to propose the inclusion of sports of cultural relevance in that particular country - such as kabaddi in India or lacrosse in Canada for instance.

The optimum number of sports will be 15, with countries given the flexibility to offer fewer or more than that, with 10 the minimum. 

CGF President Dame Louise Martin said: “We are delighted to unveil our direction of travel with this new Strategic Roadmap, which I believe marks the start of an exciting new era for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Sport.”

“Our Games need to adapt, evolve and modernise to ensure we continue to maintain our relevance and prestige across the Commonwealth”.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be hosted in Birmingham and is scheduled to kick off on 28th July 2022.