It seems like the Olympics only just happened (they did), and now we’re into the next big sporting event. If you’re ready to cheer on some of Australia’s best athletes, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Australia is already off to a flying start with 22 gold medals at the end of Day 3.
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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Where is the next Commonwealth Games?
As you may have read in the heading, the Commonwealth Games are being held in Birmingham, England. This is the third time England has hosted the Games.
Events are taking place in 15 venues across the West Midlands region, with seven of them located in the city of Birmingham. The opening and closing ceremonies are held at Alexander Stadium.
How often is the event held?
The Commonwealth Games began in 1930 and have occurred 21 times since.
Since 1950 they have been held at intervals of four years, with the most recent games being held in 2018.
When are the Commonwealth Games?
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games are being held from July 28 to August 8, 2022.
The Opening Ceremony took place in the early hours of July 29 for Aussies but if you want to watch a replay of the festivities you can do so over on 7plus.
Which countries are included?
The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event involving athletes from Commonwealth countries. There are 56 nations included in the Commonwealth.
The members sending athletes to compete in 2022 include:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Cook Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Ireland
- Papua New Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- St Helena
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Gambia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Here in Australia we are one of just six nations that have participated in every single Commonwealth Games event.
Sports at the Commonwealth Games
In 2022 athletes from the Commonwealth will compete in 19 core sports. These include:
- Aquatics (diving, swimming and para-swimming)
- Athletics and Para Athletics
- Basketball (3×3, and wheelchair basketball)
- Beach Volleyball
- Cycling (mountain biking, road, track and para track)
- Gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic)
- Lawn Bowls (and para lawn bowls)
- Rugby Sevens
- Table Tennis (and Para Table Tennis)
- Triathlon (and Para Triathlon)
- Weightlifting (and Para Power Lifting)
When are the Commonwealth Games swimming events?
Swimming is one of the most popular events at the Commonwealth Games.
During the 2022 event, Swimming events will take place from July 29 until August 3rd. Diving events will then take place from August 4th-8th.
Swimming heats will take place from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm AEST each day.
When to watch the swimming finals
If you only want to tune in for the Swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games it’s going to be an early start we’re afraid.
Swimming finals take place between 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm UK time which translates to a gruelling 4:00 am – 7:00 am AEST.
How to stream the 2022 Commonwealth Games for free
Just like the Olympic Games, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be broadcast on Channel 7 in Australia.
Events will also be live-streamed and available for catch-up on 7Plus.
2026 Commonwealth Games
Even though the 2022 Commonwealth Games are still underway, it’s never too early to be thinking about 2026.
In even more good news for us Aussies, we’ll be the hosts of the 2026 Games. This will be our sixth time hosting (more than any other Commonwealth nation) and the event will take place in Victoria.
We’ll keep you up to speed on any more info about the 2022 Commonwealth Games as it continues.
This article has been updated since it was first published.