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Birmingham Commonwealth Games - What's On

July 2, 2022

The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, which celebrates all the greatest athletic talent across the Commonwealth.  This year, the Commonwealth Games will be held here in the UK in Birmingham. It will be the first time the Games have been hosted in England since 2002. This is the biggest event the city and the region have ever hosted. The Commonwealth Games will take place from July 28 to August 8.  


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Brief History of the Commonwealth Games  

The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sporting event, involving Commonwealth nations. This international event takes place every four years in a Commonwealth country. In the past, the games were held in Australia’s Gold Coast, Glasgow, Scotland, and Delhi, India. The first event games took place in 1930, in Hamilton, Canada. The Commonwealth Games was not always the official name of the games. To be more specific, from 1930 to 1950 they were known as the British Empire Games, later they became the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and after that British Commonwealth Games. Finally, the games were officially named The Commonwealth Games in 1974.  

Another fact about the Commonwealth Games is that it is the first fully inclusive international multi-sport event as athletes with a disability are included as full members of their national teams. Likewise, the Games are the only global multi-sport event to feature an equal number of men's and women's medal events. The Games have a global television audience of up to 1.5 billion.  

Throughout the years there have been some new additions to the Games, such as the  Commonwealth Winter Games, the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games for commonwealth athletes with a disability, and the Commonwealth Youth Games. The Commonwealth Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the programme and selects the host cities. 

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 

Birmingham is the official host of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Public investment of £778 million has gone into staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The metropolitan city of the Midlands has a plethora of sports venues, arenas and conference halls that will be utilized during the Games. Overall, 17 thrilling sports will take place over 11 days including archery, cycling, swimming, basketball, and many others. All the sporting events will occur in Birmingham City and different areas of the region.  

The mascot of this year’s Games is Perry the Bull. The colourful mascot is covered in patchwork, which symbolizes the diversity and vibrancy of the Midlands. A young girl called Emma-Lou won a competition which meant that her mascot design was to be used for the games.


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The first-ever carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games. The Birmingham Commonwealth committee strives to establish a Carbon Neutral Legacy for future Games to come. They are taking responsibility for the Game's climate impact in a credible, transparent, and holistic manner.  They also aim to eliminate carbon emissions and are also working with the University of Birmingham to understand the impact of the Games on air quality. They have developed circular economic principles in order to minimize waste, such as, reducing the use of single-use plastics through several initiatives and working with our partners and the voluntary sector to explore ways to recycle assets post games. 



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