Do athletes get paid at Commonwealth Games? Prize money explained

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More than 5,000 athletes will compete in 280 medal events over 11 action-packed days at Birmingham 2022.

A total of 72 nations and territories around the world are taking part in the Commonwealth Games this year.

But with so many golds, silver, and bronze medals up for grabs, you might be wondering: do athletes get prize money for getting on the podium?

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And do they get paid to appear at the games?

Here’s everything you need to know:

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Are athletes paid to compete in the Commonwealth Games?

Team England awarded five bursaries totaling £50,000 to athletes training for the Birmingham 2022 games.

The £50,000 award was made possible by a private donation from former British diplomat Sir John Hanson.

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Athletes in the UK can also receive grants from national governing bodies in the form of benefit packages including training and coaching, equipment, sports science support, and more.

There is no entry fee for the games themselves.

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Is there prize money for winning medals at the Commonwealth Games?

Athletes do not receive prize money for winning medals at the Commonwealth Games.

However, winning medals can raise an athlete’s profile and increase their chances of sponsorship deals and earning potential.

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Although some countries may award prize money to their own athletes who are successful at the games.

It has been confirmed that, unlike in the Olympics, Australian athletes do not receive prize money for winning gold, bronze or silver.

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GOLDEN BOY: Jack Laugher kisses his gold medal after winning the men’s 1m springboard final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Image: Mike Egerton/PA

Do you get prize money at the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee does not award monetary prizes to Olympic medalists.

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However, individual National Olympic Committees may grant incentive payments.

Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden do not pay prize money for medal winners.

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  • Australia $15,000 $11,000 $7,000
  • Brazil $49,000 $29,000 $20,000
  • Bulgaria $91,008 $72,806 $54,605
  • Canada $16,000 $12,000 $8,000
  • Denmark $15,962 $11,971 $7,981
  • Estonia $117,500 $82,250 $52,875
  • Finland $59,342 $35,605 $23,737
  • Germany $22,000 $17,000 $11,000
  • Hong Kong $642,500 $321,250 $160,625
  • Indonesia $346,000 $138,500 $69,250
  • Italy $213,000 $107,000 $71,000
  • Japan $45,000 $18,000 $9,000
  • Kosovo $118,683 $71,210 $47,473
  • Liechtenstein $27,602 $22,082 $16,561
  • Lithuania $144,793 $72,397 $54,238
  • Malaysia $236,000 $71,000 $24,000
  • Morocco $225,067 $140,667 $84,400
  • Philippines $200,000 $100,000 $40,000
  • Serbia $71,210 $59,342 $47,473
  • Singapore $737,000 $369,000 $184,000
  • Slovakia $59,342 $47,473 $35,605
  • Slovenia $23,737 $20,770 $17,802
  • South Korea $54,767 $30,426 $21,733
  • Spain $111,562 $56,968 $35,605
  • Switzerland $44,171 $33,129 $22,086
  • Taiwan $720,000 $251,000 $178,000
  • United States $37,500 $22,500 $15,000

For the US athletes, USA Swimming and USA Wrestling award additional bonuses.

How long are the Commonwealth Games left?

The Birmingham 2022 games close on Monday (8 August) after 11 days of drama.

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The games, which take place every four years and are often referred to as “friendly games”, are being held for the third time in England.

Fascinating facts about the Commonwealth Games

The games are also known as “friendly matches” because all events up until 1998 were individual competitions and not played in teams.

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The 1998 games then saw the addition of team games including netball, cricket, hockey and rugby 7s.

A total of 72 countries are eligible to take part in the games.

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However, only six of the eligible countries took part in each of the games.

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Canada

For the first time, there are more women’s than men’s events at a global multi-sport event.

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The 2022 Games are expected to have the most events for women and disabled athletes in the event’s history.

Around 13,000 volunteers will ensure the games run smoothly and around 3,000 police officers will secure the games, including 1,000 from the West Midlands Police and 2,000 from other British forces.

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