2022 Commonwealth Games
The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, will be an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that will be held in Birmingham, England.
Logo of Birmingham's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid
|Host city||Birmingham, England|
|Motto||Heart of the UK, Soul of the Commonwealth|
|Nations participating||70 Commonwealth nations|
|Events||275 in 18 sports|
|Opening ceremony||27 July|
|Closing ceremony||7 August|
|Queen's Baton Final Runner||TBD|
|Main venue||Alexander Stadium|
The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The city was announced as the host at at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017. The opening ceremony on July 27th will take place excatly 10 years since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London.
Host city selectionsEdit
Two cities initially launched bids for the games; Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, leaving Durban as the only bid to go forward to CGF General Assembly in September 2015. The coastal South African city of Durban initially secured the right to host the games, as they were the sole bidder for the event. The city previously considered bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics.
Stripping of Durban as hostEdit
It was reported in February 2017 that Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints. This was confirmed one month later on 13 March 2017 when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of their rights to host the games.
It would have marked the first time the games were held in Africa and the second time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Delhi, India in 2010. The games were set to open on the 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.
A new bidding process was launched and Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games. On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games. In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England. With Birmingham being the sole bidder for the event they won the right to stage the Games.
Birmingham awarded as replacement hostEdit
On 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban's replacement host. Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham.
|2022 Commonwealth Games bidding results|
Birmingham has a wealth of existing sports venues, arenas and conference halls that are ideal for hosting sport during the Games. 95% of the competition venues are already in place for the 2022 games. Alexander Stadium which will host the ceremonies and athletics will be renovated and the capacity will be increased to 50,000 seats. A 400 metre warm up track will also be developed.
Venues in BirminghamEdit
|National Exhibition Centre||Boxing
|Arena Birmingham||Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics||15,000||Existing|
|University of Birmingham||Squash
|Sandwell Aquatics Centre||Swimming
|Villa Park Stadium||Rugby 7s||42,000||Existing|
|Victoria Square||Basketball 3x3||3,000||Existing|
Venues outside BirminghamEdit
|Ericsson Indoor Arena, Coventry||Netball||7,000||Existing|
|Lee Valley VeloPark, London||Cycling (track)||6,000||Existing|
|Victoria Park, Leamington||Bowls||2,000||Existing|
On 22 December 2017 the BBC Reported that the organizers of the games are currently in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the inclusion of women's cricket. It was also reported that shooting is likely to be excluded from the games citing a lack of facilities around Birmingham, if this is true it will be the first time since 1970 where shooting has not been included in the games. In 19 of January 2018,the drop of shooting was confirmed by Commonwealth Games Federation boss, David Grevemberg who's has backed Birmingham's decision to drop shooting from the 2022 Games.
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