New sports at the 2022 Commonwealth Games: five events to watch in Birmingham

Five new and returning sports will be featured at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Cricket will return after a 24-year absence, with 3×3 basketball set to feature prominently and para-athletes taking part in table tennis for the first time.

The sports news takes a look at the latest events being added to the games.

T20 Cricket (Women)

Cricket returns to the Commonwealth Games in 2022 in the form of women’s Twenty20.

The 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games were the last time cricket was featured, with a List A men’s tournament.

Now it’s the women’s turn, with eight nations – Australia, Barbados, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka – taking part in the opening event in Birmingham.

Teams will be split into two groups before the top four teams advance to the semi-finals.

Australia are the big favorites to take gold, with England and India seen as their most likely challengers.


After being excluded from the 2018 edition on the Gold Coast, judo will be back at the Commonwealth Games.

It is the fourth time it has been contested as a sport at the Games after appearances in 1990, 2002 and 2014.

Originally from Japan, judo is a unique martial art that prohibits hitting, kicking and hitting.

However, the gentle nature of the sport does not prevent it from being fast-paced and physically demanding.

The skills required in the sport have led to a number of former judo athletes joining the UFC.

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3×3 basketball

The frenetic 3×3 basketball game makes its Commonwealth Games debut this year.

Played on a half-court, teams of three players (with one additional substitute) race to 21 points or play until the clock reaches 10 minutes.

The shot clock is also faster than a standard basketball game, with teams having just 12 seconds to score.

Baskets shot inside the scoring sheet count as one point, while shots outside the sheet count as two points.

12 nations will compete in the sport in women’s, men’s and wheelchair events.

3×3 wheelchair basketball

A 3×3 wheelchair format basketball will also be on display for the first time in Birmingham.

Most of the same rules apply to non-wheelchair and wheelchair games.

However, there is no double dribbling rule in the wheelchair format.

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Para table tennis

While table tennis has been a staple in previous editions, para-table tennis is being included in Commonwealth Games history for the first time.

The rules are generally similar to able-bodied table tennis, with games played in a best-of-five games format.

The para events will be held in parallel with men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, men’s and women’s team competitions.

Unique sports of the Commonwealth Games 2022

This year’s Commonwealth Games will feature some sports that are not part of the Olympic Games.

For 2022 these events are T20 cricket (women), lawn bowls, netball and squash.

Full List of Events – Commonwealth Games 2022

Athletics – Marathon
Athletics & Para Athletics
Watersports – Swimming & Paraswimming
Water sports – diving
Basketball 3×3 & Wheelchair Basketball 3×3
Beach volleyball
Cycling – mountain biking
Cycling – road racing
Cycling – time trial
Cycling – Track & Para Track
Gymnastics – Artistic
Gymnastics – Rhythmic
ice Hockey
Lawn Bowls & Para Lawn Bowls
Para powerlifting
Rugby Sevens
To squeeze
Table tennis & Para table tennis
Triathlon & Para-Triathlon

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