LIVE Opening Ceremony of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Updates: Ceremony Starts At 12:30 PM IST

LIVE Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Updates: PV Sindhu-led Indian contingent ready for ceremony, see post; Harmanpreet-led Indian team to miss the ceremony; PV Sindhu becomes flag bearer along with Manpreet Singh | A total of 6,500 athletes and team officials from a record 72 countries and territories will gather here in Birmingham and the West Midlands region of England for the 22nd running of the Commonwealth Games starting on Thursday, hoping to claim silverware from the 280 medal events to be fought in 19 sports. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the second largest multi-disciplinary sporting spectacle after the Olympics, has entered participants from 72 countries and territories to compete, equaling the record set at the 2002 edition in Manchester, about an hour and a half away from here. . The sport will open with a gala opening ceremony on Thursday and the competitions will start early on Friday.Also Read – India’s Schedule on Day 1, CWG 2022, Birmingham: Everything You Need to Know

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are unique as, for the first time in a multinational, multidisciplinary sporting event, there will be more events for female participants than for their male counterparts. Birmingham will have 136 events for women compared to 134 events for men. There will be 10 mixed team events. Also Read – Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony Live Streaming: Date, Time, Everything You Need to Know

All in all, 61 countries have won medals at the Commonwealth Games so far and the organizers hope that a few more countries will take home their first medals in 2022. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu described it as “a great honour” after the Indian Olympic Association decided to name her flag bearer of India at the opening ceremony of the 22nd Commonwealth Games. Indian hockey captain Manpreet Singh has been named flag bearer along with the star shuttle. Also Read – Door not slammed, shooting still considered for 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Games

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