Commonwealth Games: Compulsory sports cut to two

TPL | Published: 10:01 PM Oct 11 2021
Sports Commonwealth Games: Compulsory sports cut to two

The number of compulsory sports that Commonwealth Games hosts will have to stage in future is set to be cut from 16 to just two.

Under a radical new 'strategic roadmap' designed to preserve the event's future, only athletics and swimming will enjoy protected status.

With Games bosses struggling to convince cities to bid for the event, the shake-up is designed to give potential hosts more choice over their programme.

As well as greater freedom to select urban and e-sports in a bid to appeal to younger audiences, cities will be encouraged to select entirely new disciplines that are popular locally.

In an attempt to drive down costs and innovate, co-hosting will be encouraged and there will be no requirement for an athletes' village.

However, there will inevitably be anxiety among the many sports whose place in the programme will no longer be mandatory.

And for non-Olympics sports like squash, netball and lawn bowls - for whom the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of their calendar - the reforms will be especially worrying.

(BBC)

TPL | Published: 10:01 PM Oct 11 2021

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