About Commonwealth Games
The 22nd Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham in 2022 but did you know the first ever games were staged in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. Back then it was known as the British Empire Games (up until 1950).
Officially known as the Commonwealth Games (since 1978), the event has taken place in a different city every four years, except for 1942 and 1946 when the games did not take place due to World War II.
What is the Commonwealth?
The commonwealth is an association of 53 member states that are linked to Great Britain. Nearly all of them are former British colonies or dependencies of those colonies. All 53 countries adhere to a signed up set of values which include democracy, gender equality and international peace and security.
Almost one in every three people in the whole world live in the Commonwealth, and it is made up of people of all faiths, races, languages, cultures and traditions.
Why Birmingham is the perfect host…
Birmingham is the most ethnically and culturally diverse major regional city in the UK, with a population made up over 187 different nationalities and with 314,000 (6%) of residents in the West Midlands born in a Commonwealth country
Birmingham also hosts regular championships in many Commonwealth sports such as athletics, badminton and gymnastics. In addition Birmingham has an excellent record of delivery many international sports events such as: ICC Champions Trophy, ICC World Cup, The Ashes, Rugby World Cup, Aegon Classic and many more….
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The Commonwealth Games will be the largest international event Birmingham has ever hosted with over 20 sports & 70 nations & territories taking part. There will be thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and an estimated audience of 1.5 billion people watching from around the world
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