Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Video games with the Australian state’s regional centres organising nearly all of occasions in a break from the standard single host metropolis mannequin. The Video games shall be staged in March 2026 throughout a number of cities and regional hubs together with Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland, every with its personal athletes’ village.
The opening ceremony will happen on the iconic 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Floor, the Commonwealth Video games Federation (CGF) introduced on Tuesday. The announcement follows an unique dialogue interval between the CGF, Commonwealth Video games Australia (CGAus) and Victoria.
An preliminary record of 16 sports activities, together with Twenty20 cricket, have been put ahead for the Video games, with additional sports activities to be added later this yr. The preliminary record, nonetheless, doesn’t characteristic disciplines corresponding to capturing and wrestling, sports activities wherein India has performed properly within the earlier editions of the sporting extravaganza. Archery additionally doesn’t characteristic within the record.
Nationwide Rifle Affiliation of India’s secretary-general, Kunwar Sultan Singh referred to as the CGF’s resolution as being with none “logic or reasoning”.
“It’s disheartening, stunning and completely illogical to exclude capturing from the CWG for the second successive version. It’s unfair on shooters getting ready worldwide for such a significant multi-sport occasion. I might request the Indian authorities and the IOA to take up the matter with the involved authorities within the CGF to get the game included within the Video games programme for Victoria 2026,” Singh advised TOI.
“A concerted effort is required on the a part of the federal government and IOA to get this resolution reversed. United World Wrestling should do one thing to make sure that wrestling will get its deserved spot again within the CWG.” TOI quoted a Wrestling Federation of India official.
Indian wrestlers had received 12 medals, together with 5 golds, because the nation’s shooters had clinched 16 medals, together with seven golds. As for archery, which has featured in solely two editions of CWG with the final being in 2010, India had received eight medals in New Delhi, together with three golds.
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews stated: “It’s an incredible honour to have Victoria chosen because the host venue for the 2026 Commonwealth Video games – we will’t wait to welcome the world to all of our state. “The Commonwealth Video games in regional Victoria is nice for jobs, hospitality and our financial system.” Australia has staged the Commonwealth Video games on 5 events, with Victoria enjoying host to the Melbourne 2006 Video games; extensively thought of one of the vital profitable editions of the occasion in historical past.
The nation has additionally staged the Video games in Sydney in 1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982 and most lately Gold Coast in 2018. Victoria has additionally hosted the Commonwealth Youth Video games in Bendigo in 2004. CGF President Dame Louise Martin stated: “The Commonwealth Video games Federation is completely delighted to award the 2026 Commonwealth Video games to Victoria.
“Commonwealth Video games Australia and the Victorian Authorities have set out a daring and progressive imaginative and prescient for internet hosting our main multi-sport occasion. In Victoria, we imagine we have now discovered the proper accomplice for the following stage of our journey.”
As per the CGF’s new “strategic roadmap” unveiled at its 2021 Basic Meeting on October 11, athletics and swimming would be the solely obligatory sports activities within the CWG from the 2026 version, permitting host cities larger freedom to incorporate disciplines of their selection from a proposed core record of twenty-two sports activities. The proposed core record of the Commonwealth Video games Federation after a evaluation consists of capturing, wrestling and archery. Disciplines which have beforehand been listed as optionally available sports activities corresponding to T20 cricket, seashore volleyball and three×3 basketball have been additionally introduced beneath the proposed core record of sports activities. The roadmap was accredited on the CGF’s Basic Meeting, which was held nearly final yr.
The 2026 Video games would be the twenty third version of the most important multi-sport competitors, which first started in Hamilton, Canada in 1930. Victoria is a world-leading main occasions and tourism vacation spot. The state has a robust observe document for staging excessive profile sporting competitions together with The Australian Open tennis grand slam, the Melbourne System 1 Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup. The state additionally usually hosts elite cricket, golf and Australian Guidelines Soccer competitors.
(With inputs from PTI)