Commonwealth Games: the 8 stars set to front BBC coverage

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The BBC will show the Commonwealth Games 2022 from July 28th to August 8th in up to 11 different live streams

The 2022 Commonwealth Games begin in Birmingham on Thursday (July 28).

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Athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are among 5,000 people from 72 nations and territories hoping to win silverware at the sporting event over the next week and a half.

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But who will direct the BBC’s coverage of the games?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games begin in Birmingham on Thursday (Image: PA)

When will the 2022 Commonwealth Games start?

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On Thursday (July 28) the Commonwealth Games will begin with the Opening Ceremony at Alexander Stadium.

Coverage of the event will be on BBC One from 7pm to 10.30pm.

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The Closing Ceremony will take place on Monday 8th August at the same location.

What coverage of the Commonwealth Games 2022 will the BBC show?

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The BBC has the TV rights to all coverage of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

It shows more than 200 hours of sports action in up to 11 live streams.

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Birmingham are preparing to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

You can watch these streams on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the Red Button.

Each evening after the 10pm newscast, the BBC also brings viewers an hour-long highlights program covering the events of the day.

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Who are the presenters of the BBC Commonwealth Games?

The BBC’s coverage is led by several well-known sports presenters, as well as some newer faces.

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Here’s a full list of who will be leading the sporting action:

Hazel Irvine is a regular on the BBC’s athletics coverage and made a name for herself covering the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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Away from Olympics coverage, the 57-year-old Scot has shone the spotlight on golf, snooker, Wimbledon and the London Marathon programme.

Irvine will host the day broadcast of the Commonwealth Games from the BBC’s main studio in Centenary Square, Birmingham.

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Clare Balding is now presenting key events across the BBC (Image: Getty Images)

A sports broadcasting legend, Clare Balding has not only become the face of BBC Sport, but of the BBC itself.

She started out as a sports presenter on BBC radio before becoming a regular in horse racing coverage on major networks.

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The 51-year-old now presents everything from the Olympics to Crufts to big public events like Trooping the Colour.

Clare Balding will moderate late afternoon and evening coverage of the Commonwealth Games from the BBC’s studio.

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Gabby Logan has become a key BBC presenter over the past decade (Image: Getty Images)

Gabby Logan, 49, will present athletics coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

She competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games as an athlete and placed 11th in rhythmic gymnastics for Wales.

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As a presenter she has worked for Sky Sports, ITV and the BBC.

Originally specializing in football, she later became the lead presenter of BBC rugby coverage and has also been the lead presenter for athletics for the last decade.

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Another familiar face, Jason Mohammad, 48, will be driving coverage of the day’s Commonwealth Games – bringing viewers all the morning events and previews of the day’s key action.

Originally a journalist for BBC Wales, he is the presenter of the BBC’s Final Score football show.

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Alongside this role, the Welshman is often seen as a stand-in presenter for the company’s football, rugby, snooker and athletics coverage.

Co-presenting with Mohammad will be Holly Hamilton.

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The Northern Ireland journalist and presenter, 36, often presents sports news programs on BBC Breakfast and the BBC News Channel.

Ayo Akinwolere, 39, presented the BBC’s flagship children’s show Blue Peter between 2006 and 2011.

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He went on to present the BBC West Midland magazine program Inside Out, interviewing famous sports stars such as Usain Bolt and Lewis Hamilton and also presenting Channel 4’s coverage of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

He will present Commonwealth Games coverage on BBC Three for the duration of the sporting event.

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Isa Guha has hosted the BBC’s cricket coverage (Picture: Getty Images)

Isa Guha, 37, made her name as a bowler for the England cricket team.

She was part of the squad that won the 2009 Women’s World Cup.

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After retiring from the game in 2014, she moved into cricket presentation and expertise for several broadcasters including ITV, Sky Sports and the BBC.

At the latter, she has appeared frequently on the Test Match Special and hosted The Hundred in its inaugural 2021 season.

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More recently, you may have seen her present tennis reports from Wimbledon 2022.

She will co-host the evening’s highlights show on BBC One with JJ Chalmers.

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JJ Chalmers is often seen in BBC sports coverage, as well as fronting documentaries (Image: Getty Images)

JJ Chalmers rose to prominence at the 2014 Invictus Games where he led the British trike team and brought home a gold medal and two bronze medals.

The 35-year-old Scot had previously been a Royal Marine.

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While serving in Afghanistan in 2011, Chalmers suffered life-changing injuries in an explosion.

He narrowly avoided having both arms amputated, lost two fingers, had a badly damaged elbow, and injuries to his face and leg.

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After starring in the Invictus Games, he was part of Channel 4’s presenting team for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

At the BBC, Chalmers has become the presenter of the channel’s athletics coverage and has also hosted several military history documentaries.

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Who are the BBC’s Commonwealth Games experts?

The BBC will draw on a wealth of sporting talent for analysis and expertise during the Commonwealth Games.

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Former Commonwealth medalists Max Whitlock, Beth Tweddle and Ama Agbeze will be joined by Olympic legends Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson and Jess Ennis-Hill.

Other former athletes covering the Games include Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chris Hoy, Paula Radcliffe, Rebecca Adlington, Ellie Simmons and Mark Foster.

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