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Birmingham 2022 unveils biggest ever sports programme

26th February, 2021 by Matt Wordingham

Birmingham 2022 has released the latest version of the competition schedule for the Commonwealth Games, the biggest multi-sport event to be staged in the UK for a decade.

The new information includes the start and finish times for all 286 sessions of the Games, plus information about when the 283 gold medals that are up for grabs will be won.

  • New version of the schedule, released for the biggest sports event to be held in the UK for a decade, reveals 286 sessions across 19 different sports;
  • Medal sessions are highlighted, with 283 medal events in total as part of the biggest ever sports programme in the history of the Games;
  • Two full weekends of sport included with more para sport than ever before and women’s sport showcased;
  • High demand expected for tickets, with sports fans relishing the prospect of attending 11 days of live sport next summer.

The lawn bowls and para lawn bowls programme will commence at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on Friday 29 July, with 18 sessions taking place over nine consecutive days until Saturday 6 August. Medals will be contested across 11 lawn bowls disciplines, with the medal matches being played on five of the nine days of action.

Our High Performance Director, John McGuinness, said: “Today’s announcement of the Birmingham 2022 session schedule is incredibly exciting for us as host team, as we strive to make memories that will last a lifetime. The home Commonwealth Games provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase our sport and it’s vital that we prepare as best as we possibly can. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, the England High Performance Squad have been making progress on a number of initiatives, involving sports science, tactical planning, team building and mentoring, coaching and well-being. The unveiling of the schedule marks another important milestone as we look towards the Games in 2022.”

Last year organisers confirmed that more medals will be awarded to women than men for the first time ever at a major multi-sport event and Sunday 7 August will be a showcase for women’s team sport in particular, with the medal matches for women’s hockey, cricket T20 and netball all taking place on the same day.

Ian Reid, Chief Executive of Birmingham 2022, said: “We’re on track to stage a magnificent edition of the Commonwealth Games and we have seen huge interest in tickets in recent weeks. Now more than ever, people are searching for something to look forward to and that is certainly what we will deliver. There are millions of sports fans out there who, because of the pandemic, have not been able to attend events for 12 months and with things moving in the right direction, and vaccines being rolled out, we are anticipating a huge amount of interest when our tickets go on sale later in the year.”

Ama Agbeze, Team England gold medallist and Chair of the Birmingham 2022 Athletes’ Advisory Committee, explained what the new schedule means for the 4,500 athletes that will be looking to compete in Birmingham: “The competition schedule for the Games is really taking shape – not only do we now know which sports will take place on each day but we also know the number of sessions and when those all-important medals will be decided. This will make the Games even more real for all of the athletes looking to compete at Birmingham 2022, plus it provides the teams with key information to help them plan and prepare.”

CGF President, Dame Louise Martin, DBE said: “This is another significant milestone as we move closer to Birmingham 2022. We are fortunate to showcase two full weekends of world-class sport, with the event featuring the largest para sport programme in Commonwealth Games history with an unprecedented platform for women’s sport. It is a huge source of pride for everyone in the Commonwealth Sport Movement that Birmingham 2022 will be the first major multi-sport event to have more medals for women than men, providing a huge boost for women’s sport. After such a difficult period, I am delighted Birmingham 2022 is unveiling this exciting schedule today, to give Commonwealth athletes and fans a spectacular competition to look forward to.”

To support the release of this new information, new pages have been added to www.birmingham2022.com and sports fans are urged to sign-up for more information so they can find out first when tickets go on sale.

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