Commonwealth Games 2026: where will the next event be held?

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Victoria is hosting the 23rd Commonwealth Games, the sixth time Australia has been awarded the privilege

Athletes from across the Commonwealth have competed in the ‘friendly’ games.

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It was a celebration of sports, from cycling and gymnastics to hockey and weightlifting.

But which city will host the Games next after Birmingham?

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The sixth time the Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia, but for the first time a state or region has been granted the privilege of hosting the games.

Victoria will host the games, which will involve multiple cities including Melbourne.

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Melbourne hosted the Games in 2006 and will be preparing to host the opening ceremony again 20 years later.

The Commonwealth Games, when introduced in 1930, were the first fully inclusive international multisport event, as athletes with a disability were accepted as full members of their national teams.

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The Commonwealth Games Federation entered into an “exclusive dialogue” with the Victorian authorities back in February and later announced: “The Commonwealth Games Federation is delighted to award the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Victoria.

“Commonwealth Games Australia and the Government of Victoria have crafted a bold and innovative vision that offers an exciting new blueprint for hosting our major multisport event.”

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England and Canada in the Rugby Sevens event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said: “This will be a Commonwealth like no other. We promised we wouldn’t repeat 2006, successful as it was.

“This is also about job creation – almost 4,000 jobs during the Commonwealth Games and about 3,000 permanent jobs afterwards.”

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When else has Australia hosted the Commonwealth Games?

Australia hosted the last edition of the Games in 2018, with the multi-sport tournament taking place on the country’s Gold Coast.

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The first time Australia hosted the Commonwealth Games was in 1938 when Sydney was awarded the role of host. Perth hosted the Games in 1962 before Brisbane took over the role 20 years later.

What sports will be involved in the Commonwealth Games?

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So far, 16 sports have been confirmed to take part in the Games: aquatic sports, volleyball, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis, triathlon, athletics, boxing, bowling, netball, squash, weightlifting, badminton, T20 cricket, road cycling and more rugby sevens.

Which regional centers will host the Commonwealth Games?

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Melbourne Cricket Ground is set to host the opening ceremony but athletes’ villages will be set up in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland.

Opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018

Each “cluster” or regional hub will be set up for different sports:

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geelong

  • Water sports (swimming, paraswimming and diving)
  • Beach volleyball
  • Cricket T20
  • gymnastics
  • ice Hockey
  • Table tennis, Para table tennis
  • Triathlon and Para-Triathlon

Ballarat Cluster

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  • Athletics and Para Athletics
  • boxes
  • Cricket T20

Bendigo Cluster

  • Cricket T20
  • To go biking
  • Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls
  • netball
  • To squeeze
  • Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting

Gippsland cluster

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  • badminton
  • Cricket T20
  • To go biking
  • Rugby Sevens

Who else has applied for the 2026 Commonwealth Games?

Birmingham was originally set to host the 2026 Games, but in 2017 Durban, South Africa was stripped of the right to host the 2022 Games due to financial problems, leaving Birmingham at the helm.

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Kuala Lumpur, Cardiff, Calgary, Edmonton and Adelaide were other contenders for the 2026 Games but ultimately withdrew their bids ahead of the decision to award Victoria the role of host.

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