Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to be first major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men
- Programme will have 136 medal events for women and 134 for men
- Birmingham 2022 will also feature more mixed events and para-sport
- BBC have also sealed exclusive rights to broadcast the Games in two years’ time
Birmingham 2022 will be the first major multi-sport event in history to award more medals to women than men.
Commonwealth Games organisers on Wednesday announced that their programme for 2022 will have 136 medal events for women and 134 for men — a step further than Gold Coast 2018 when the number of medals was equal across genders.
Birmingham 2022 will also feature more mixed events and para-sport than any previous Games.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games handed out an equal number of medals to men and women
‘Our event programme has been specifically designed to reach new audiences and champion the growth of women’s sport,’ said Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid.
‘I am certain that fans will come in their droves to cheer on the most diverse range of events ever held at a Commonwealth Games, showcasing more female and para athletes than ever before.’
The BBC also announced that they have sealed exclusive rights to broadcast Birmingham 2022.