Significant changes made for the Commonwealth Games 2026

 Significant changes made for the Commonwealth Games 2026

Cycling, Beach Volleyball (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Commonwealth Games 2026, which will be held in Victoria, will witness significant changes. With four years left in the multi-sport event, the organizers have included new sports. Shooting will return for the next edition of the games. The sport has been India’s strength over the years. India has won a total of 135 medals, including 63 Gold medals in Shooting- the most by Indian athletes in a sport.

On the other hand, India might be dealing with a major blow. Wrestling, which is India’s other strength, has been removed from the event. India has won a total of 114, including 49 Golds in the sport. It will be interesting to see how Indian wrestling fans react to this development. Meanwhile, Golf, BMX Racing, and coastal rowing will make their maiden appearance four years from now on.

Notably, coastal rowing has been pushing for its inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Talking about the games in the CWG 2026, the organizers are proposing the inclusion of Para-sport disciplines in Golf, Coastal Rowing, and the Road Race. It will be interesting to see of these games get included or not.

“Victoria 2026 is also proposing to add in Para-sport disciplines in golf, coastal rowing, and the road (cycling) race and will work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and relevant international sporting federations to determine if this is possible,” the statement added.

Talking about BMX racing, more than 100 athletes will be competing. The rural center of Shepparton will host the BMX. The 2026 Games will be held across several regional cities in Victoria.

Victoria 2026 sports:

Athletics and Para-Athletics; Badminton; Basketball (3×3 and 3×3 Wheelchair); Boxing; Beach Volleyball; Coastal Rowing; T20 Cricket (Women’s only); Cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road, Track and Para-Track); Diving; Golf; Gymnastics; Hockey; Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls; Netball; Para-Powerlifting; Rugby Sevens; Shooting and Para-shooting; Squash; Table Tennis and Para-Table Tennis; Triathlon and Para-Triathlon; Weightlifting.

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