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Commonwealth Games 2026 at Victoria Australia, T20 Cricket in, Shooting, Wrestling out

Australia’s Victoria state has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with a heavy focus on boosting the regional economy. The opening ceremony will take place at

Australia’s Victoria state has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with a heavy focus on boosting the regional economy.

The opening ceremony will take place at the iconic 100,000 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced.

Reportedly, regional hubs will be set up in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat ad Gippsland, with athletes’ village to be established in each centre.

An initial list of 16 sports, that includesTwenty20 cricket, has been shortlisted for the Games, with further sports to be added later this year.

The initial plan for venues & events include:

Geelong — aquatics, beach volleyball, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis, triathlon

Ballarat — athletics, boxing

Bendigo — lawn bowls, netball, squash, weightlifting

Gippsland — badminton, rugby sevens

The cricket T20 event will be held across all four centres, and the road cycling event will be between Gippsland and Bendigo.

Bendigo will also host lawn bowls, para lawn bowls, netball and squash.

The list, however, does not feature disciplines such as shooting and wrestling, sports in which India has done well in the previous editions of the sporting extravaganza.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Gold Coast hosted the last edition of the Games in 2018. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham from 28 July-8 August.

First Published: 13th April, 2022 15:59 IST

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