Commonwealth Games 2022: When are they, where are they, TV schedule, and how can I get tickets?

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Commonwealth Games 2022: When are they, where are they, TV schedule, and how can I get tickets? - PA
Commonwealth Games 2022: When are they, where are they, TV schedule, and how can I get tickets? - PA

The Commonwealth Games return to England for the first time in two decades, with Birmingham playing host after Durban was stripped of the event amid financial difficulties. Here's all you need to know about this summer's Games.

What is it?

The 22nd Commonwealth Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes from Commonwealth countries. The Games return to England for the first time since 2002 in Manchester. However, they have been held in the UK in that time - Glasgow hosted the 2014 edition.

When is the Opening Ceremony?

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium with a live audience of 30,000 and millions watching around the world. The Queen, 96, is the head of the Commonwealth but will not be in attendance with Prince Charles instead stepping in. Pop legends Duran Duran will headline the music acts.

The show is expected to start around 7pm, with Telegraph Sport live blogging the ceremony. BBC One will be broadcasting the event.

Where are the Games being held?

Birmingham is this year's host city, with the revamped Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr hosting the athletics. Other events are spread around the West Midlands including swimming at the purpose-built Sandwell Aquatics Centre. Some cycling events will be held at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

When does it start?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games run from this Thursday (July 28) to Monday August 8.

What is the TV schedule?

The BBC will bring you live coverage of every session with more than 200 hours of live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three.

There will be up to 11 live streams on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with additional coverage on the Red Button to ensure you can watch your favourite sport.

Which countries are taking part?

Are tickets still available?

Yes, you can still purchase tickets for many of the events here. However, some sports - including swimming, mountain biking, the cycling time trial and road race, artistic gymnastics and both triathlon and para-triathlon are resale tickets only. There is availability for all other sports.

Latest news

Dina Asher-Smith has withdrawn from the England team for the Commonwealth Games due to a hamstring injury.

Asher-Smith, who pulled up midway through the women's 4x100metres relay at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, announced her decision on Instagram.

Asher-Smith wrote: "Thankfully I've only got a light hamstring strain after pulling up in the 4x1 a few days ago. No major issue and nothing to worry about.

"But due to the short turnaround between the end of the Worlds and the start of the Commonwealth Games in a few days' time I'm going to have to withdraw."