Oct 11 (Reuters) – Athletics and Swimming are set to be the one obligatory sports activities at future Commonwealth Video games beneath a proposed “strategic roadmap” to present hosts extra flexibility, enhance the occasion’s attraction and drive down prices.
Subsequent yr’s Video games scheduled to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to Aug. 8 will function 19 sports activities, however the Commonwealth Video games Federation (CGF) has beneficial that “roughly 15 sports activities” function at future Video games from the 2026 occasion onwards.
The CGF continues to be trying to find a number metropolis for the 2026 Video games regardless of an announcement initially being deliberate for 2019.
Athletics and Swimming could be afforded protected standing as a result of their historic place within the programme, reputation, para(sport) inclusion and gender steadiness, the CFG stated in a statement on Monday.
“As a part of an ongoing session with Worldwide Federations, there are ambitions for a revised Sport Programme to supply hosts with extra flexibility to select from a wider listing of core sports activities,” the assertion learn.
“It will now embody disciplines which have beforehand been listed as non-compulsory sports activities similar to T20 cricket, seaside volleyball and 3×3 basketball.
“It will permit hosts the flexibility to suggest completely new sports activities, related to their nation or tradition, to reinforce cultural showcasing and neighborhood engagement.”
The CWG added there could be no requirement for future hosts to have an athletes’ village, as an alternative encouraging various options to scale back prices.
“Our Video games must adapt, evolve and modernise to make sure we proceed to take care of our relevance and status throughout the Commonwealth,” CFG president Louise Martin stated.
“Our subsequent step is to work carefully with our Worldwide Federation companions to make sure they will contribute to the imaginative and prescient and course of the Roadmap with a purpose to underpin the way forward for the Video games.”
Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris
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