The medal event programme for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been revealed, with more Para sports set to take place than previous editions.
The full programme is now available on Birmingham 2022’s event website, and includes wheelchair basketball 3 x 3 in the integrated programme for the first time. This is alongside Para athletics, Para swimming, Para cycling track, Para table tennis, Para triathlon, Para lawn bowls and Para powerlifting.
Para athletics events like the 100m T33/34 and Para swimming events like the 100m breaststroke SB6 are added for the first time, giving some of Great Britain’s best known stars, such as Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan, Maisie Summers-Newton and Ellie Simmonds, an opportunity to make their Commonwealth Games debuts.
Hannah Cockroft, five-time Paralympic champion, said: “When I heard that there was going to be an event that I can target at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games I honestly nearly cried. This is such amazing news as I didn’t think I was going to get this opportunity in my career and it has been the medal missing from my collection for all of these years. To have the opportunity to go for gold on home soil, and to compete in a Games that will be awarding more medals to women and with the biggest ever Para sport programme in history, makes this even more exciting.”
Overall, Birmingham 2022 will make global sport history by becoming the first ever major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men.
The medal event programme confirms there will be 136 medal events for women and 134 for men. This will see the Birmingham 2022 Games go one step further than the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, when there were an equal number of medals for women and men.
More information can be found on Birmingham 2022’s website.