Beach volleyball is one of three sports to be added to the programme for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Also included are Women’s T20 cricket and para table tennis.
The confirmation follows a vote of the 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs). Through a majority vote the CGAs accepted the proposal from Birmingham 2022 to add the three sports to the existing programme.
Beach volleyball made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast where it was one of the star attractions.
In 2018 there were 16 participating nations in men’s and women’s beach volleyball with Australia winning gold in the men’s with Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann and silver in the women’s with Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar.
President of Volleyball Australia, Craig Carracher, says it’s a major boost for the sport in Australia; “The opportunity for Australia’s athletes to defend the inaugural gold and silver medals from the Gold Coast is exciting for our athletes and our programs,” he said, “Australia initiated the Commonwealth Games dream. It is truly a momentous outcome that follows almost a decade of lobbying and negotiation for inclusion. And to be part of the Commonwealth family of sports is a humbling opportunity for athletes, coaches and our volleyball community.”
CEO of Volleyball Australia, Andrew Dee, says it’s a wonderful outcome for volleyball and for the Commonwealth Games; “The spectacular success of beach volleyball on the Gold Coast was irresistible and we look forward to bringing the Birmingham Games alive in 2022.”