Athletics and swimming would be the solely obligatory sports activities at future Commonwealth Games in a transfer to offer hosts higher flexibility and appeal to new audiences.
The “2026/30 Strategic Roadmap” accepted by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Monday recommends an optimum variety of about 15 sports activities from 2026.
Sports which were non-compulsory prior to now corresponding to Twenty20 cricket and 3v3 basketball have now been moved onto a 22-strong record of core sports activities.
Bidders may even have the ability to suggest the inclusion of sports activities of cultural relevance corresponding to lacrosse and wall climbing.
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Co-hosting throughout a number of cities, areas and international locations will probably be an choice and the roadmap makes a advice to “explore e-sports including potential pilot events”.
CGF president Louise Martin mentioned the plans mark “the start of an exciting new era for the Commonwealth Games”.
“Our Games need to adapt, evolve and modernise to ensure we continue to maintain our relevance and prestige across the Commonwealth,” she added.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics featured skateboarding, sport climbing and browsing for the primary time, partly in a bid to draw youthful audiences.
Breakdancing has been accepted for the 2024 Paris Olympics and e-sports will probably be a medal occasion on the 2022 Asian Games in China.
Birmingham, in central England, is staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with 19 completely different sports activities on the programme, however no host has but been secured for the 2026 occasion.
The Commonwealth is an affiliation of 54 international locations, largely made up of former British colonies.