Commonwealth Games: How long does it last?

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The England team took centre stage at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony (Picture: Getty Images)

This year’s Commonwealth Games are upon us, with the best athletes across the Commonwealth ready to compete for the top titles in their sport.

This year the games are taking place in Birmingham – marking the first time since 2002 that the games have taken place on English soil.

And it all kicked off with an elaborate opening ceremony, as around 6,600 athletes from 72 nations joined the likes of Sir Lenny Henry, Tom Daley and drag queen Ginny Lemon – in a hot-air balloon no less – to kick things off.

This year has the biggest sports programme in the history of the Commonwealth Games with 19 sports and eight para-sports.

You’ll be able to keep track of all the action with the BBC’s coverage – but how long do the games last?

How long do the Commonwealth Games last?

The Commonwealth Games last for 11 days, ending on Monday August 8.

Over the course of that time the athletes will compete in 19 different sports – from swimming and diving through to athletics, boxing, hockey, gymnastics, cycling and lawn bowls – with around 280 medals up for grabs.

You can also expect to see para-athletes represented in a number of events including athletics, para-triathlon, wheelchair basketball and swimming.

This year’s event features the largest number of events for women (136) and Para-sport athletes (42) in Games history.

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Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds says this summer’s Commonwealth Games are a huge opportunity for para-sport to make a significant impact.

‘More events show how powerful the Para-sport movement is,’ she told BBC Sport.

‘It’s so good for Para-sport, and for the events to be on a level playing field here shows it is as important as able-bodied sport.

‘There will be some amazing Para-athletes competing and they deserve as much recognition as the non-disabled athletes.

Can you still buy tickets for the Commonwealth Games?

Tom Daley at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham

Tom Daley was among those at the opening ceremony with a powerful nod to the LGBTQ+ community (Picture: Getty Images)

Tickets are still available to buy on the official ticketing website for events at this year’s Games.

You will need to register an account with the event organisers before buying tickets to an individual event – which is a similar setup to the Olympic Games.

Ticket prices start from £15 for adults and you must be 18 years or older to purchase them.

You should also be aware that some events – including artistic gymnastics, swimming and para-swimming, track and para-track cycling, triathlon and the evening athletics sessions – now have limited availability.


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