The inclusion of beach volleyball into the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham moved a step closer overnight.
The Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has approved the inclusion of three sports, beach volleyball, women’s T20 cricket and para-table tennis.
Beach volleyball was part of the Commonwealth Games program for the first time on the Gold Coast in 2018.
It proved to be an enormous success with sell-out crowds and quality competition.
The Australian men’s team of Damian Schumann and Chris McHugh won gold, while the women’s team of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar won silver.
Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022, says the recommendation of the inclusion of the three sports enhances the programme; “Our recommendation of adding women’s cricket, beach volleyball and para-table tennis is the result of a thorough review and we believe these sports would help us enhance the existing programme and reach new audiences, while showcasing the sports to our local community, spectators and fans across the world watching on television.”
The recommendation will now need to be ratified by 51 per cent of the 71 member associations of the Commonwealth Games Federation next month.