The Commonwealth Games has returned to England for the first time in two decades, with Birmingham hosting after Durban was banned from the event due to financial difficulties. Here’s everything you need to know about this summer’s games.
What is it?
The 22nd Commonwealth Games, an international multisport event for athletes from Commonwealth countries. The Games have returned to England for the first time since Manchester in 2002. However, they were held in the UK at the time – Glasgow hosted the 2014 edition.
Where are the games held?
Birmingham is this year’s host city, with the revamped Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr hosting athletics. Other events take place in the West Midlands including swimming at the purpose built Sandwell Aquatics Centre. Some cycling events take place at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.
When does the Commonwealth Games end?
The 2022 Commonwealth Games started on Thursday 28th July and will end on Monday 8th August.
How to buy tickets for the Commonwealth Games
Here you can still buy tickets for many events. However, some sports — including swimming, mountain biking, bike time trials and road racing, artistic gymnastics, and triathlon and para-triathlon — are resale tickets only. All other sports are possible.
What is the TV program?
The BBC brings you live coverage of every session with over 200 hours of live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three.
There will be up to 11 live streams on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with additional coverage on the Red Button to ensure you get to watch your favorite sport.
Which countries are taking part in the games?
Dame Laura Kenny delivered Commonwealth gold for England in Monday’s scratch race and then revealed she had gone to bed on Sunday wondering if this would be her last competitive ride.
The five-time Olympic champion has been going through a traumatic period since last summer’s Tokyo Games, suffering a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy.
She has spoken of cycling as her safety blanket but the competitive pressures have been a drag in recent months and she was disappointed with her form over the weekend.
“Yesterday I thought it was my last bike race,” said Kenny. “I just didn’t enjoy anything about it. Even before the start I didn’t know if I could do it.
“(But) I walked in this morning with a completely different mindset and I was like, ‘Of course you can do that.’ I said to myself in the toilet, ‘You have to race as Laura Trott’, this old motorcyclist who thought of nothing else than crossing the finish line first.
“When I changed my mindset, I just felt completely different.”
Cheered on by a London crowd reaching decibel levels reminiscent of the 2012 Olympics, Kenny certainly rode like the old rut, saving a speed boost for the final laps to take the win ahead of New Zealand’s Michaela Drummond and Canada’s Maggie Coles-Lyster to gain
Tell me about the opening ceremony
The Opening Ceremony took place on Thursday 28th July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in front of 30,000 live viewers and millions of viewers worldwide. The Queen, 96, is the Head of the Commonwealth but was not present with Prince Charles stepping in instead. Pop legend Duran Duran directed the musical acts.