Commonwealth Games 2022 talking points

The 2022 Commonwealth Games get underway at the end of July as Birmingham prepares to welcome 72 nations over two weeks of action.

Here we take a look at some of the pre-game talking points.

Birmingham is the focus

The 2022 edition of the Games takes center stage in Birmingham as the city prepares to host the event for the first time. This is the seventh time a UK city has hosted the Games since the Games began in 1930, with Glasgow 2014 being the youngest to host the National Exhibition Centre, Alexander Stadium, Edgbaston and the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre. Coventry and Wolverhampton are among the other West Midlands locations to host events, while track cycling is hosted at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

Bumper sports schedule

Australia travel to Birmingham as T20 world champions after beating England earlier this year (PA Wire)

(PA wire)

Birmingham promises a packed program with some new sports and disciplines added to the mix. T20 world champions Australia will start the women’s cricket encounters against India in one of the new additions to the schedule, while basketball 3×3 and mixed synchronized diving will also be staged for the first time. Birmingham also boasts the largest parasports program with eight sports on offer including wheelchair basketball 3×3 making its Commonwealth debut.

Can Australia dominate again?

Australia will look to pick up where they left off on the Gold Coast in 2018, when they put on a dominant performance on home soil to top the medals table and finish with 80 gold medals and 198 overall. The Gold Coast saw some outstanding performances from Australia, with Mitch Larkin claiming five gold medals in pool, the men’s team pursuit squad broke a then world record to win gold and Ken Hanson became the country’s oldest Commonwealth gold medalist at the age of 68 in the para lawn bowls B6/B7/B8.

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Dina Asher-Smith will compete in Birmingham (Isaac Parkin/PA).

(PA wire)

England are targeting the top spot in Birmingham after finishing second on the Gold Coast with 45 gold medals and 136 medals overall. This is the first time England have hosted a game since Manchester in 2002 and the home side have plenty of talent in the line-up including well-known names like Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith and Matty Lee, who will all face off against each other. England’s netball team will also be looking to defend their title after winning gold in dramatic circumstances in 2018 and beating Australia by a goal, with Helen Housby scoring in the dying seconds.

More UK appearances?

Scottish swimmer Duncan Scott won six gold coast medals in 2018 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

(PA Archive)

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also want to build on their success on the Gold Coast in Birmingham. Wales had their most successful games in 2018, finishing seventh with 10 gold medals, and Scotland were one place behind with nine gold medals but 44 medals overall, compared to Wales’ 36th Bowls competitor Anwen Butten captains the Wales team in their sixth Commonwealth Games while runner Laura Muir and swimmer Duncan Scott lead Scottish hopes. Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan will attempt to defend his pommel horse title, Northern Ireland’s only gold in 2018, after being approved for the team.

Worried about the train strike

There are concerns that travel to the games could be disrupted by train strikes at eight railway companies. Aslef announced that the strike action will take place on Saturday 30th July, just days after the start of the competition, with events set to begin on Thursday 28th July. Commonwealth Games 2022 talking points

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