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The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England.[1] This is due to be the third time England has hosted the Games.

XXII Commonwealth Games
2022 Commonwealth Games logo.png
Host cityBirmingham, England
MottoHeart of the UK, Soul of the Commonwealth
Nations participating73 Commonwealth nations (expected)
Athletes participating≈5000
EventsTBA in 18 sports
Opening ceremony27 July
Closing ceremony7 August
Queen's Baton Final RunnerTBD
Main venueAlexander Stadium

The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The city was announced as the host at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017.[2]


Host selectionEdit

First selectionEdit

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.[3] 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.

Withdrawal of Durban as hostEdit

It was reported in February 2017 that Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints.[4] 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.[5]

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 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.[6]

Second selectionEdit

A new bidding process was launched, where Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games.[7] On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.[8] In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England.[9] With Birmingham being the sole bidder for the event they won the right to stage the Games.[10][11]

However, it was announced that the bid was not fully compliant, and the bidding process was extended until 30 November 2017.[12] The CGF had 170 questions regarding Birmingham's bid.[13]

Birmingham awarded as replacement hostEdit

On 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban's replacement host.[1] Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham.[2]

2022 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Birmingham   England Unanimous


The Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee is responsible for the planning and operational delivery of the Games. This includes sport, venue and competition management, ticket sales, all ceremonies and the Queen’s Baton Relay. In summer 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed John Crabtree OBE as Chair of the Organising Committee.[14] Crabtree is joined by board members:

In January 2019, Ian Reid was announced as Chief Executive Officer.[15] Reid was previously Chief Financial Officer for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


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.[16] Alexander Stadium which is scheduled to host the ceremonies and athletics is planned to be renovated and the capacity increased to 50,000 seats. A new 400 metre warm up track is also planned.

This would leave the stadium well placed to become the home of UK Athletics, hosting all the major national and international competitions after the Games.[17]

Venues in Birmingham and the West Midlands areaEdit

Venue Sport Capacity Status
Alexander Stadium Ceremonies


40,000 Upgrade
National Exhibition Centre Boxing


Table Tennis

Freestyle Wrestling

5,000 Existing
Resorts World Arena Badminton 15,000 Existing
Arena Birmingham Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics 15,000 Existing
Symphony Hall Weightlifting 2,200 Existing
University of Birmingham Squash


5,000 Existing
Sandwell Aquatics Centre Swimming


5,000 New
Villa Park Rugby 7s 42,000 Existing
Victoria Square[18] Basketball 3x3 3,000 Existing
Ericsson Indoor Arena, Coventry Netball 7,000 Existing
Victoria Park, Leamington Spa[19] Bowls 2,000 Existing

Venues outside West MidlandsEdit

Venue Sport Capacity Status
Lee Valley VeloPark, London Cycling (track) 6,000 Existing


On 22 December 2017, the BBC Reported that the organisers of the games were 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.[20] The dropping of shooting from the games programme was confirmed by the CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), David Grevemberg, in January 2018.[21][22][23] In November 2018,the ICC confirmed that they have submitted a bid to include women's cricket in Birmingham.[24] The CGF are scheduled to make a decision on the inclusion of women's cricket in September 2019.[25]

Broadcasting rightsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Commonwealth Games: Birmingham announced as host of 2022 event". BBC Sport. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Sport, Telegraph (21 December 2017). "Birmingham named 2022 Commonwealth Games host city". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Edmonton withdraws bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games | euronews, world news". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2022: Durban 'may drop out as host'". BBC News. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Durban stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Durban is #ReadyToInspire, are you?". Durban-2022. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  7. ^ Rumsby, Ben (13 March 2017). "Liverpool and Birmingham battle to host Commonwealth Games 2022". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  8. ^ Williams, Jennifer (14 March 2017). "Manchester in discussions to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Birmingham beats Liverpool for hosting the 2022 commonwealth games". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Birmingham beats Liverpool to become UK candidate for potential 2022 Commonwealth bid". 7 September 2017 – via
  11. ^ "Commonwealth Games England to reveal 2022 candidate city in September". Inside the Game. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2022: Birmingham bid 'not fully compliant'". 6 October 2017 – via
  13. ^ "Commonwealth Games Federation had '170 queries' over Birmingham's 2022 bid". 31 October 2017 – via
  14. ^ "Prime Minister appoints Chair of Birmingham Organising Committee for 2022 Commonwealth Games". GOV.UK. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Chief Executive confirmed for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee | Birmingham 2022". Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Birmingham 2022 Heart of the UK, Soul of the Commonwealth". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  17. ^ Elkes, Neil (30 June 2017). "See how Alexander Stadium could be transformed for Commonwealth Games". birminghammail. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  18. ^ Cosgrove, David. "How Birmingham's Victoria Square would look hosting basketball in 2022 Commonwealth Games". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  19. ^ Elkes, Neil (17 August 2017). "Lawn bowls venue unveiled for city's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid". birminghammail. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Birmingham 2022: Four unanswered questions for the Commonwealth Games". BBC Sport. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Optional Sports at 2022 Commonwealth Games". Around the Rings. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Birmingham 2022: Shooting dropped from Commonwealth Games". BBC. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  23. ^ "No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games, top official suggests T20 mixed cricket". Indian Express. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  24. ^ "ICC bids for Women's Cricket in Commonwealth Games". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  25. ^ "MCC throw support behind women's cricket at 2022 Commonwealth Games". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2019.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Gold Coast 2018
Host City
XXII Commonwealth Games
Succeeded by
TBA 2026