A Guide to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

By Halal Trip | 21, Jul, 2022
A Guide to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations compete in the international multi-sport games called the Commonwealth Games.

With the exception of 1942 and 1946, the tournament has been held every four years since it debuted in 1930.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and are most commonly known as Birmingham 2022.

Birmingham was announced as the host city on December 21, 2017, which records England as the host country of the Commonwealth Games for the third time, following London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002.

The second-largest city in the UK, Birmingham, is also home to one of the most vibrant Muslim communities.

Making the already vibrant and colorful city even more eventful with plenty of additional sporting and cultural events to look forward to.

The city and the surrounding West Midlands will come alive this month as the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games arrive, bringing with it global TV coverage and thousands of additional visitors.

Here’s the HalalTrip guide to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

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When is the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be held in Birmingham, UK, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, August 8, 2022.

With more than 5,000 competitors from all across the Commonwealth ready to compete in nearly 300 sessions spanning dozens of different sports in 2022.

As compared to just 400 athletes from 11 nations in the first Commonwealth Games, which were held in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930.

Alexander Stadium will host the opening ceremony, which will be held on the 28th of July, 2022. The 72 participating countries will all be in attendance. This will also be the first time ever that Barbados will participate in the Commonwealth Games.


What are the sports that will be played in the Commonwealth Games 2022?

A new addition to this edition of the Commonwealth Games will be the 3-3 basketball as well as wheelchair basketball.


Here is the list of sports that will feature in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022:

Aquatics - Diving: The event will be held at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre from August 4 to 8.

Aquatics - Swimming and Para Swimming: Located in Smethwick, the Sandwell Aquatics Centre will host the event from 29 July to 3 August.

Athletics and Para Athletics: The Alexander Stadium, which is currently under redevelopment for the Games, will host athletic and para-athletic events.

Badminton: The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Hall 5 will hold the badminton events.

Basketball 3x3*: This is the event's first-ever appearance at the CWG and will be held at the Smithfield site.

Beach Volleyball: Making its Commonwealth Games debut at Gold Coast 2018, Smithfield will be all set to host the event.

Boxing: The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Hall 4 will hold the badminton events.

Cricket T20: Making its debut at Birmingham 2022 as the first T20 International played by women in the Games, the event will be held at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Cycling Mountain Bike: The Cannock Chase Forest, which is part of Forestry England will be the venue for the event.

Cycling - Road Race: Warwick’s Myton Fields, a green recreation space, will be used for the event.

Cycling - Time Trial: The cycling time trials will be held at West Park, an outdoor green recreation space.

Cycling - Track and Para Track: The indoor cycling center at Lee Valley Velopark will feature events such as Sprint/Para-Sport Tandem Sprint, Time Trial, Individual Pursuit, Scratch Race, Points Race, Team Sprint, and Kerin.

Gymnastics - Artistic: Arena Birmingham will host artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.

Gymnastics - Rhythmic: Arena Birmingham will host artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.

Hockey: The hockey matches will take place at the outdoor pitches at the University of Birmingham.

Judo: It was excluded from the 2018 CWG, this sport has been reinstated this year. The Coventry Stadium & Arena's indoor venue will host the event.

Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls: Victoria Park is an outdoor green recreation space that will hold the lawn bowls and para lawn bowls competitions.

Netball: The National Exhibition Centre Arena will host the anticipated Netball event following England's victory in the 2018 CWG.

Para Powerlifting: The National Exhibition Hall 1 is to host the event.

Rugby Sevens: Rugby Sevens will take place in the Coventry Stadium.

Squash: University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre will be hosting the event indoors in the Fitness Centre sports hall.

Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis: Table Tennis has been a part of CWG since 2002. The National Exhibition Hall 3 is set to host the events.

Triathlon and Para Triathlon: The Triathlon and Para Triathlon (for athletes with a visual impairment – PTVI) events will take place within Sutton Park and on the local roads to the south of the park, in and around Boldmere High Street, Sutton.

Wheelchair Basketball 3x3*: Making its debut appearance in the Commonwealth Games, Smithfield will host the event.

Weightlifting: The National Exhibition Hall 1 is to host the event.

Wrestling: The event will be held at the Coventry Arena.

* debut this Commonwealth Games


What is the event schedule for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

The largest-ever sports program in Commonwealth Games history will be showcased. There are 286 sessions scheduled throughout the course of 11 days.

You can find the complete schedule here:



The Birmingham Festival 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is the region's largest celebration of creativity and one of the largest Commonwealth Games cultural programs in history.

A £12 million six-month-long celebration of West Midlands creativity and culture surrounding the sporting action will take place at the games between Thursday, 28 July to Monday, 8 August to harness the year of the Games to shine a spotlight on the region’s diverse cultural sector.

There will be roughly 150 community-led initiatives and approximately 100 new works by a diverse spectrum of artists, including dance, drama, and visual arts projects, among the approximately 250 commissioned projects.


Here are some of the exciting projects set to take place as part of the festival:

Victoria Square

Thousands of plants and enormous fabricated trees will appear in Birmingham's Victoria Square from September 2 until September 18. This event will honor the "cross-pollination" that has influenced British culture.

Under the shade of the trees, there will also be a variety of free spoken word, music, and drag performances. The Ballistic Seed Party, a day of "color and creativity," will mark the conclusion of this.


Time Travel Tram

A tram running between Birmingham and Wolverhampton promises to take passengers "back in time" as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

After boarding, people will experience immersive digital art powered by 5G.

A 3D "visual extravaganza" of historical figures and locations has been developed by Surfing Light Beams and Crossover Labs as part of the Time Travel Tram.

The tram will run between March 31 and September 30 - with an accompanying soundtrack from West Midlands musicians and performers.


Cover Image Credit: Birmingham 2022 (@birminghamcg22) on Instagram

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