This means that Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will now begin on 28 July 2022 and will run through until 8 August 2022.
This announcement comes after significant impact to the international sporting calendar caused by COVID-19. This slight shift to the schedule is the result of many weeks of really positive collaboration between the organisers of some of the world’s major sporting events. Through these discussions, it has managed to align with the World Athletics Championships, as well as the UEFA Women’s Football Championships, to ensure that Birmingham 2022 takes its place amongst an amazing summer of sport in 2022.
An added benefit of making this slight change is that it now boasts two full weekends of Commonwealth Sport. Furthermore, it has extended the rest and recovery period for athletes that plan to compete in the recently rescheduled World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA, as well as Birmingham 2022
This new start date means the Opening Ceremony will now take place on 28 July 2022, avoiding a potential clash with the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Football Championships, which has also been rescheduled from 2021 to 2022. The Organising Committee believes this helps protect and promote the profile of women’s sport.
This realignment of the calendar means that 2022 now offers an incredible summer of sport. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the World Athletics Championships, the UEFA Women’s Football Championships, and the multi-sport European Championships will now all be held over an exciting six-week period during the Summer of that year.
John Crabtree, Chairman of Birmingham 2022, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a seismic impact on the international sporting calendar for the next couple of years. This has understandably needed to be reshaped and rewritten and we’ve spent the last few weeks working with other organisations to align, collaborate, and analyse what these changes mean for Birmingham 2022, our athletes, our spectators, our TV viewers, and our partners.
“As well as this slight change to our dates we are working on a detailed competition schedule for our 19 sports, looking at how we can maximise the recovery time for those athletes who will be looking to participate in more than one major event in two years’ time.
“We’re grateful for the expert input we continue to receive from international federations, national governing bodies and athletes’ advisory committees and we’ll release more information later in the year.
“Birmingham 2022 will be at the heart of superb summer of sport, which will be particularly exciting for sports fans in the UK, with the UEFA Women’s Football Championships and the Commonwealth Games being held back to back.”
CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “In unprecedented circumstances, I am delighted that we have been able to work in partnership to ensure that the Commonwealth Games will take pride of place in what will be a fantastic summer of sport.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all areas of life, including the international sporting calendar, has been huge but in adversity, I have been proud to work closely alongside partner International Federations and Governing Bodies to help shape a spectacular five-week period of elite sport. It demonstrates the very best of sport working at the service of athletes.
“On behalf of the Commonwealth Sports Movement, I am pleased that 2022 will now be a real celebration of women’s sport.
“I would like to thank World Athletics, UEFA and The FA for working with us to navigate very difficult circumstances to create an amazing summer of sport for fans and spectators.”
World Athletics’ President, Sebastian Coe said: “As we said in April, 2022 will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world as they are treated to a summer of absolutely first-class athletics. More than 70 of our Member Federations are part of the Commonwealth and more than 50 Member Federations are European so our guiding principle in rescheduling the World Championships was to ensure enough space was created around the centrepiece World Athletics Championship for athletes to choose other major events to compete in. It is tight and we would not have chosen to have three major championships back-to-back but it will give us a unique opportunity to promote athletics and its talented stars around the globe in back to back competitions."