Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games set to award more medals to women than men

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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the first major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men, organisers have confirmed.

The introduction of women’s T20 cricket for the first time will contribute to a total of 136 medal events for women, as opposed to 134 for men.

In addition, an integrated para-sports programme will be expanded to include 3×3 wheelchair basketball for the first time, along with additions to the athletics and swimming events.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Dame Louise Martin said: “It is very special that the Commonwealth Games will be the first major multi-sport event in history with more medals for women than men.

“It will also be the largest ever integrated para-sport programme which will ensure that Birmingham 2022 will be a truly historic, inclusive and unforgettable 11 days of sport.”

Eboni Usoro-Brown, who starred in securing England’s memorable netball gold medal on the Gold Coast in 2018, said the news will help provide a platform upon which women’s sport can continue to expand.

England v New Zealand – Vitality Netball International Series – Echo Arena
Eboni Usoro-Brown starred in England’s historic win on the Gold Coast (Anthony Devlin/PA)

“Obviously this has been an unusual year and, after the last few years in which women’s sport has been on an upward trajectory, having it centre-stage in Birmingham will give it that big boost to get restarted and continue to grow.”

The expansion of the para programme, and specifically the inclusion of the women’s T33/34 100 metres category, also means five-times Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft will be able to compete in the Games for the first time.

Cockroft said: “It is something I have wanted to be involved in since I started racing. I have watched half the team go off to a Commonwealth Games and I’ve never had the chance to join them.

“Obviously for para sport to get this kind of coverage is going to be monumental. Things usually fall off a bit in the year after a Paralympics, so this represents a massive opportunity.”

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