The CGF is reorganizing the list of CWGs: athletics, compulsory aquatic sports; Cricket T20 in the basic list

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File photo of England netball international Layla Guscoth, right, holding Commonwealth Games stick, poses for the photographers alongside Perry, the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot.

Athletics and swimming will be the only compulsory sports at the Commonwealth Games from the 2026 edition as part of a “strategic roadmap” that will allow host cities greater freedom to include disciplines in their region. choose from a basic roster that also includes T20 cricket and 3×3 basketball. .

The roadmap was approved at the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation, which was held virtually.

“… to increase the benefits of hosting and make the Games even more profitable, while engaging new audiences, the Commonwealth Sport 2026-2030 Strategic Roadmap invites future hosts to explore innovative concepts, including co-organizing and mass participation events, “a statement from CGF read.

“As part of an ongoing consultation with international federations, there are ambitions for a revised sports program to give hosts more flexibility to choose from a wider list of base sports,” he said. added.

New additions to the core disciplines, which were previously listed as optional sports, are T20 cricket, beach volleyball, and 3×3 basketball. Other disciplines on the base 15-person roster include badminton, shooting, table tennis, wrestling (freestyle) and hockey, among others.

“This will allow hosts to offer entirely new sports relevant to their nation or culture to enhance cultural presentation and community engagement,” said CGF.

The CGF recommended that around 15 sports be present at the Games. The event is still looking for a 2026 host, while the 2022 edition is scheduled for Birmingham. While shooting was removed from the Birmingham Games, T20 cricket (women) was added.

“There will be flexibility with the maximum number of sports, with athletics and swimming being offered as the two mandatory sports,” he said. “This is due to their historic place in the program since 1930 and based on universality, participation, dissemination, audience interest, Para inclusion and gender balance.”

The CGF said it will continue to work with future hosts on the minimum and maximum cap for athlete numbers, helping to ensure that the size, scale and cost of the multisport event is continually “optimized and carefully managed “.

Coupled with a strong proposition for potential hosts, the roadmap will enable a more sustainable long-term program, with increased awareness of how sport and culture can positively impact communities.

Among other approved recommendations, the roadmap stressed that an integrated parasport program must remain a “key and central element of the Games”.

“Potential future hosts would be encouraged to consider alternative solutions for the Athletes Village, rather than having to house the athletes in a new construction environment or at a single site,” said CGF.

CGF President Dame Louise Martin said the event must innovate.

“Our Games must adapt, evolve and modernize to ensure that we continue to maintain our relevance and prestige across the Commonwealth,” she said. “Our next step is to work closely with our partners in the International Federation to ensure that they can contribute to the vision and direction of the roadmap to support the future of the Games,” said she added.


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