The Commonwealth Games has returned to England for the first time since 2002 with Birmingham hosting the event.
The long-running event will see over 5,000 athletes compete for glory in a range of different sports and disciplines.
The Games begins today, on Thursday 28 July, and run until Monday 8 August.
Team England finished second on the Gold Coast in 2018 and will be aiming to go one better this year on home soil.
A packed schedule for this year’s games will see 72 countries compete in the games meaning there will be more action than ever before.
Here is everything you need to know about this year’s Commonwealth Games.
How many sports are in the Commonwealth Games 2022?
There are a total of 19 sports and eight para sports at this year’s games - making it the biggest sporting programme in the history of the competition.
In total, there will be 286 sessions of sport that will take place over 11 days of action.
Which sports are part of the Commonwealth Games 2022 schedule?
The following sports will be played at this year’s Games:
- Aquatics - diving
- Aquatics - swimming and para swimming
- Athletics and para athletics
- Basketball 3x3
- Beach volleyball
- Cricket T20
- Cycling - mountain bike
- Cycling - road race
- Cycling - time trial
- Cycling - track and para track
- Gymnastics - artistic
- Gymnastics - rhythmic
- Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls
- Para powerlifting
- Rugby sevens
- Table tennis and para table tennis
- Triathlon and para triathlon
- Wheelchair basketball 3x3
What sports are new in the Commonwealth Games 2022?
Birmingham 2022 promises to be a jam-packed line up, with new sports and disciplines to be included in this year’s Games.
These include Women’s T20 cricket, 3x3 basketball and mixed synchronised diving.
- Women’s T20 Cricket
The addition of women’s T20 cricket to the schedule is likely to be a very popular addition, as 90% of the sport’s one billion fans worldwide are thought to reside in the Commonwealth.
The T20 cricket tournament will include eight different nations, these are England, Australia, Barbados, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan.
The format will see the teams split into two groups of four with all the teams in the group playing each other once.
The top two teams from each group will then progress to the semi-final.
The winners of the final will earn a gold medal and the runners up will receive a silver medal.
The two losing semi-finalists will then compete to decide who receives the bronze medal.
The games will all take place at Birmingham’s Edgbaston cricket ground, which is the home to Warwickshire, Birmingham Bears and Birmingham Phoenix.
- Wheelchair basketball 3x3
This year’s Games will see wheelchair basketball 3x3 make its first ever appearance at the Commonwealth Games.
The more familiar 5x5 version of the game has previously been contested on two occasions, first in Melbourne in 2006 and more recently on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Basketball 3x3 is essentially a shortened form of the sport, the court is half the size and there is just one hoop for both teams to attack.
Teams are made up of three players and one substitute.
The first team to reach 21 points will win the game. If no team has reached that milestone after ten minutes, then the victors will be the team with the most points at that stage.
Wheelchair basketball 3x3 will be played at the Smithfield site, which has been transformed in preparation for Birmingham 2022.
- Mixed synchronised diving
Diving was one of the original sports from the inaugural Commonwealth Games in 1930. However this will be the first Games to feature mixed synchronised diving.
Five days of diving events will take place from Thursday 4 August until Monday 8 August.
Team England finished top of the diving medal table on the Gold Coast, with four golds and eight medals in total.
They will be aiming to maintain this success in Birmingham.
Team England have an experienced team for this year’s events and five of the 18 members of the squad have had previous experience at the Commonwealth Games.