6,500 players and team officials from 72 countries will gather in Birmingham, England for the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games, hoping to win 280 medal events in the mega-tournament that begins on Thursday.
Competitors from 72 countries and territories entered to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the second largest tournament after the Olympics.
The Games will be played on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony, with the competitions starting on Friday.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are unique in that, for the first time in a multi-national, multi-discipline sporting event, there will be more events for female competitors than their male counterparts.
Birmingham will host 136 women’s events compared to 134 men’s events. There will be 10 mixed team events.
While 3×3 basketball marked the beginning of the Commonwealth Games, a cricket competition program in the form of women’s T20 has also been included since the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur.
All 61 countries have won medals at the Commonwealth Games so far and organizers expect a few more to win their first medals in 2022.
However, Indian fans may have to control their hopes this time, as the exclusion of shooting and archery will affect the country’s overall medal tally.
India had won 66 medals in the previous edition of the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, and shooting contributed to 16 of them, including seven of the 26 gold medals India won. Indians will participate in 15 sporting events in Birmingham.
While Indians are hoping to win a few medals to make up for the shortfall in para-sports and athletics, it still may not be enough.
However, if they manage to equal their Gold Coast tally of 66 medals, it will be a huge boost for the team, which has already lost a sure-shot medalist to javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who is also the winner of his gold medal tally. won’t defend the gold medal won by the Gold Coast.
Chopra was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games due to an injury sustained during the Athletics World Championships in Oregon, United States, where she won India’s first silver medal at the World Championships despite her overall performance.
With shooting out of the equation, India is expected to bag medals from wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, table tennis, squash and athletics.
Predictably, Indians should cross the half-century mark, although equaling their best medal tally of over 100, achieved in the 2010 edition in New Delhi, could prove to be a big question for the 215 players participating in Birmingham. Is.
Besides shooting and archery, other sports that are missing from the sports program in Birmingham are artistic swimming, basketball (5×5), bowling, fencing, rowing and water polo.
Australia is expected to dominate the Games and medal tally as it has done in the past several editions. He has won 2,419 medals in the Commonwealth Games, which began as the British Empire Games in 1930 and is expected to add another 200 medals to the number.
Hosts England will hope to take advantage of the home conditions and take on Australia.
Canada and South Africa will also be expecting the Gold Coast to improve their performance. Will give tough competition to England and Australia in swimming, cycling and gymnastics.
Competitions will be held at 15 venues spread across the West Midlands region, along with track cycling at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London.