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Three new sports including Women’s T20 cricket included in the CWG 2022

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The Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 which is to be held in Birmingham, England will be the first major multi-sport event to give additional spot to women’s medal thus making more Women’s medal than men’s medal.
i. The medal classification are- 135 medals for women and 133 medals for menCWG 2022

Newly added women’s sport
The three newly added sports are

  • Women’s T20 (twenty-twenty) cricket.
  • beach volleyball and
  • Para-table tennis.

i. Birmingham will also have the largest Commonwealth Para-table programme. There are a total of 7 mixed events with the additional confirmed programme.

Women’s T20 cricket
A total of 8 international teams will be participating in the CWG 2022, with all matches to be Held at Edgbaston cricket stadium, England. The game was added to CWG after joint bid by ICC (International Cricket Council) and the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB).
i. The last time cricket was included in the CWG was in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when South Africa won the gold in men’s cricket of 50over competition.

Shooting excluded from the CWG:
Commonwealth Games Chief Louise Martin announced that Shooting will not be part of the 2022 CWG even despite India’s threat of boycotting the entire event in form of protest.

Key points
i. The protest was suggested by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra and had also got assent from union sports minister Kiren Rijiju.
ii. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) turned down the offer by Briningham that wanted to conduct two shooting events where the ISSF wanted a full programme.
iii. Louise Martin reported that Shooting will not be a part of the CWG 2022, as there is no anymore space. It is the first time since 1974, shooting has been excluded.

About commonwealth games 2022
♦ The overall cost of the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be £778million making it the most expensive sports event hosted by Britain ever since the 2012 London Olympics.
♦ Upto 45000 athletes are expected to compete across 19 sports from 27july to  7th August 2022.

About Commonwealth Games Federation(CGF)
♦ Headquarters- London, England
♦ Formed- 1932
♦ Motto- Humanity-Equality-Destiny
♦ President- Dame Louise Martin
♦ Patron- Queen Elizabeth II