Birmingham, England is all set to host the Commonwealth Games 2022 from 28 July to 8 August. Held every four years, the Games provide a revered global platform to sportspersons from all the commonwealth nations who contend for one of the highest sporting glories and accolades.
Under the Patronage of Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Edward as the Vice Patron, the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has grown massively over the years. Starting in 1930, in Hamilton Canada, the Commonwealth Games, today, is only second to the Olympics and has sportspersons competing across various disciplines.
With just days left for the Birmingham Games 2022, all eyes are set on the top contenders. From table tennis, basketball and athletics to cricket, swimming and hockey, the event is also one of the highest platforms for para-athletes to take part as well.
All the details on the Commonwealth Games 2022
Commonwealth Games rituals
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This year, the Games will be principally held at the Alexander Stadium. It is also the venue for the opening ceremony to be hosted on 28 July from 11.30 pm to 3.00 am local time (6.30 am, 29 July MYT to 10 am, 29 July MYT). This will be followed by various sporting events spread across other stadiums, arenas and venues throughout Birmingham and the UK. Of these, seven venues are in Birmingham, rest in the West Midlands of the UK, except the cycling track events. They will be held at Lee Valley VeloPark in the South Eastern city of London.
A special Commonwealth Games ritual is the Queen’s Baton Relay. The Birmingham Games mark the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay. As part of the traditions, the Baton travels across 72 nations and territories before arriving at the venue.
The Queen’s message was put in the baton on 7 October 2021, and then it was set off on a 294-day journey across the Commonwealth nations. This is done as an emblem of connecting communities, spreading solidarity and instilling hope and unity among the different cultures.
Participating countries at CWG 2022
What started as a mere small-scale event with just 11 countries has grown to be one of the major sporting events. At the time of commencement in 1930, the Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games and saw the participation of just 400 athletes.
Today, the Commonwealth Games 2022 is a congregation of 4,600 sportspersons from 72 countries and territories. Top contending nations include Australia, India, South Africa, England, New Zealand and Canada.
Malaysian athletes to root for:
As the Commonwealth Games 2022 makes its return, we can’t wait to see our Malaysian athletes gearing up for the sporting event too. Keep a lookout for our very own Z-Lister/diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, diver Dato’ Pandelela Rinong, badminton duo Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, diver Ooi Tze Liang and discus thrower Irfan Shamsuddin.
Where can you watch the Commonwealth Games 2022?
In Malaysia, tune in to the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Astro Arena or stream it here.
(Main image Courtesy: Commonwealth Sport/ @thecgf/ Instagram; Featured image Courtesy: Pvsindhu/ Twitter)