Commonwealth Games are set for a huge shake-up with organisers looking to reduce costs and increase interest… meaning more than a DOZEN sports face battle to secure their future
- More than a dozen sports face a battle for their Commonwealth Games future
- Organisers are looking to cut the number of compulsory sports from 16 to two
- These changes are aimed at reducing costs and increasing interest in the Games
- Bosses want to open up hosting opportunities to smaller nations too
More than a dozen sports face a battle for their Commonwealth Games future as bosses fight to preserve the event’s ‘prestige’.
Following next year’s Games in Birmingham, the number of compulsory sports will be cut from 16 to just two — athletics and swimming. The total number of events — 19 in 2022 — is also set to shrink to around 15 moving forwards.
The changes, part of a radical new ‘strategic roadmap’, aim to reduce costs and increase interest by allowing local organisers more freedom to shape their own schedule.
More than a dozen sports face an uncertain Commonwealth Games future due to a shake-up
It will spark concern for those sports currently guaranteed a place, which include boxing, badminton and hockey. The future looks particularly bleak for non-Olympic events such as squash and netball, for whom the Commonwealth Games is their biggest stage.
Bosses want to open up hosting opportunities to smaller countries and will encourage cities to choose popular local disciplines — such as kabaddi in India — as well as urban and e-sports to turn younger heads.
Surfing, skateboarding and climbing have all recently joined the Olympic calendar.
Bosses are cutting…
Source : dailymail