2022 Commonwealth Games
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. This is due to be the third time England has hosted the Games.
|Host city||Birmingham, England|
|Motto||Heart of the UK, Soul of the Commonwealth|
|Nations participating||73 Commonwealth nations (expected)|
|Events||TBA 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 a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017.
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.
Withdrawal 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 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.
A new bidding process was launched, where 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|
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. Crabtree is joined by board members:
- Ian Ward (Leader of Birmingham City Council)
- Ian Metcalfe (Chair of Commonwealth Games England)
- Simon Ball (Senior Independent Director, Commonwealth Games England)
- Dame Louise Martin (President of Commonwealth Games Federation)
- David Grevemberg CBE (CEO, Commonwealth Games Federation)
- Helen Judge (Director General, DCMS)
- Dame Julie Moore (formerly CEO, University Hospitals Birmingham)
- Jonathan Browning (Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership)
- Zara Hyde Peters OBE (Director of Integration and Transformation at North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and former Commonwealth Games triathlete)
- Ellie Simmonds OBE (Paralympic Swimmer)
- Lyndsey Jackson (Deputy Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society)
- Nick Timothy – (Newspaper columnist and visiting Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford)
- Derrick Anderson – (Member of the University of Birmingham Council)
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 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.
Venues in Birmingham and the West Midlands areaEdit
|National Exhibition Centre||Boxing
|Resorts World Arena||Badminton||15,000||Existing|
|Arena Birmingham||Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics||15,000||Existing|
|University of Birmingham||Squash
|Sandwell Aquatics Centre||Swimming
|Villa Park||Rugby 7s||42,000||Existing|
|Victoria Square||Basketball 3x3||3,000||Existing|
|Ericsson Indoor Arena, Coventry||Netball||7,000||Existing|
|Victoria Park, Leamington Spa||Bowls||2,000||Existing|
Venues outside West MidlandsEdit
|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. The dropping of shooting from the games programme was confirmed by the CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), David Grevemberg, in January 2018. In November 2018,the ICC confirmed that they have submitted a bid to include women's cricket in Birmingham. The CGF are scheduled to make a decision on the inclusion of women's cricket in September 2019.
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