Athletics and swimming will be compulsory sports in the Commonwealth Games from 2026 edition

Athletics and swimming will be compulsory sports in the Commonwealth Games from 2026 edition: The 2026 edition of the Commonwealth Games will have two compulsory sports programs in the form of Athletics and Swimming. It is believed to be the strategic roadmap as giving freedom to the host cities to add disciplines of their choice from the core list that will also comprise T20 Cricket and 3×3 basketball events.

Athletics and Swimming will be compulsory from 2026
Athletics and Swimming will be compulsory from 2026

The statement from CGF states that the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly approved the above roadmap which was organized virtually claiming “to increase hosting benefits and make the Games, even more, cost-effective, whilst engaging new audiences, the commonwealth Sport 2026-2030 strategic Roadmap invites future hosts to explore innovative concepts including co-hosting and mass participation events”.

At the 15 strong core list, the sports program will comprise badminton, table tennis, T20 Cricket, Beach Volleyball, shooting, wrestling (freestyle), hockey and 3×3 basketball which were the optional sports are now included in the core disciplines.

This time at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, shooting is replaced with T20 Cricket (women) sports program. Also, 15 sports events will be part of the upcoming 2022 Games as recommended by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). In order to carefully manage and optimized the size, scale, and cost of this multisport Commonwealth Games, CGF is aiming to host future games with minimum and maximum cap on athlete count.

Commonwealth Games have always been an integral part in driving sports and culture together and also creating increased awareness with a positive impact on communities. Also, CGF has recommended a roadmap to include the para-sport program as an integral and key event of the Games. CGF has also proposed that the upcoming hosts of the Games encourage alternative Athlete village solutions in order to accommodate the participating athletes instead of a new build environment or a single site.

Dame Louise Martin, the President of CGF in more inclined to innovate the Games to adapt, modernize, and evolve to maintain prestige and relevance across the Commonwealth.
She is also keen to work closely with international federation partners to contribute towards the roadmap in order to have the bright future of the Games.

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