Commonwealth Games 2022: Five foreign athletes likely to shine in Birmingham


Despite the summer’s hectic sporting schedule, a host of top stars will still be making their way to Birmingham for this month’s Commonwealth Games.

Here, we’ve handpicked five overseas athletes who will most likely turn heads as they attempt to add to their already impressive roster of sporting achievements.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wants to make more athletics history (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Jamaica’s eight-time Olympic medalist has announced her intention to compete in the women’s 100m in Birmingham, emphasizing the delicious prospect of going head-to-head with compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah at the 2020 Games in Tokyo led to gold Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith. Fraser-Pryce is yet to mark her career with an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Peace Proscovia

Peace Proscovia (left) will be a prominent figure on the netball court (Nigel French/PA)

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The Ugandan captain is expected to be one of the stars of the women’s netball competition as her team tries to assert themselves in the medal fight. One of her country’s best-known sportswomen, The 6ft 4ins Proscovia has played for clubs in Australia and the UK and is currently signed with Super League side Surrey Storm.

Matthew Glaetzer

Matt Glaetzer beat cancer to compete in Birmingham (Martin Rickett/PA)

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The Australian track cycling star rose to three gold medals on the Gold Coast but was forced to take a break after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer the following year. Glaetzer fought his way back to make the Tokyo Olympic team – where he took some heat for his tactics in the keirin final – and will once again be a key contender for a medal in Birmingham.

Elly Perry

Ellyse Perry is a true women’s cricket superstar (David Davies/PA)

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One of women’s cricket’s true superstars, Perry will light up the inaugural competition in Birmingham. The all-rounder, who recently recovered from a back injury, is the first Australian to represent his country at both a cricket and football World Cup, having won the latter at the 2011 event in Germany.

Jerry Tuwai

Jerry Tuwai will manage Fiji’s Rugby Sevens team in Birmingham (Paul Harding/PA)

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The Fijian superstar led his country to unprecedented success with gold in rugby sevens in both Rio and Tokyo. Tuwai, who was named 2019 World Sevens Player of the Year, shows no signs of fading at the age of 33 and will expect to lead his nation to greater success in Birmingham. Commonwealth Games 2022: Five foreign athletes likely to shine in Birmingham

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