DNA – The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will become the first major multi-sport event to have a majority of women’s medal competitions.
- Three sports — women’s T20 cricket, beach volleyball and para table tennis — were added to the programme on Tuesday.
- This addition of women’s T20 cricket means that there will be 135 women’s medal events this time around, compared to 133 for men.
- The landmark decision for women’s sport has been formally accepted by the 71 Commonwealth Games Associations after a joint bid of International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
- The inclusion of women’s cricket has come as a shot in the arm for the ICC which is pushing for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
- The Commonwealth Games Federation, following a joint bid by the ICC and the ECB, has announced that women’s T20 Cricket has been confirmed for inclusion at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.