2022 Commonwealth Games

XXII Commonwealth Games
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games logo.svg
Host cityBirmingham, England
MottoAre you Game?
Nations participating73 Commonwealth nations (expected)
Athletes participating≈5000
Events264 in 18 sports
Opening ceremony27 July
Closing ceremony7 August
Queen's Baton Final RunnerTBD
Main venueAlexander Stadium

The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England.[1] This is due to be the third time England has hosted the Games.

The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The city was announced as the host at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017.[2]

Host selection

First selection

Two cities initially launched bids for the games; Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, leaving Durban as the only bid to go forward to CGF General Assembly in September 2015.[3] The coastal South African city of Durban initially secured the right to host the games, as they were the sole bidder for the event. The city previously considered bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics.

Withdrawal of Durban as host

It was reported in February 2017 that Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints.[4] This was confirmed one month later on 13 March 2017 when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of their rights to host the games.[5]

It would have marked the first time the games were held in Africa and the second time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Delhi, India in 2010. The games were set to open on 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.[6]

Second selection

Library of Birmingham was lighted into different colours to celebrate the winning the 2022 Commonwealth Games

A new bidding process was launched, where Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games.[7] On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.[8] In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England.[9] With Birmingham being the sole bidder for the event they won the right to stage the Games.[10][11]

However, it was announced that the bid was not fully compliant, and the bidding process was extended until 30 November 2017.[12] The CGF had 170 questions regarding Birmingham's bid.[13]

Birmingham awarded as replacement host

On 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban's replacement host.[1] Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham.[2]

2022 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Birmingham  England Unanimous