How long is the Commonwealth Games? When Birmingham 2022 ends, full schedule and date of the closing ceremony

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is now underway, with Birmingham hoping to deliver an unforgettable sporting extravaganza.

Over 5,000 athletes from 72 nations will compete in 19 different sports as England hosts the event for the third time in its history.

But how long will the Commonwealth Games last and when will it all come to an end? Here’s everything you need to know about the schedule.

How long is the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games kicked off in Birmingham on Thursday 28 July with a spectacular opening ceremony.

Packed with references to the host city’s culture and history, the ceremony at the Alexander Stadium featured a giant raging bull, a Union Jack made from 72 cars and a powerful speech from the activist Malala Yousafzai.

The sporting action got underway the following day, with England’s Alex Yee claiming the first gold medal of the Games in the men’s triathlon.

Events are running across 11 days in total until Monday 8 August, when the closing ceremony will bring the Commonwealth Games to a conclusion and pass the baton to the 2026 hosts, Victoria in Australia.

Just like the opening ceremony, you’ll be able to watch the action unfold live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with the live broadcast lasting from 8.00pm until 10.00pm.

A spectacular opening ceremony started the 2022 Commonwealth Games (Photo: PA)

What is the full schedule for Birmingham 2022?

  • Friday 29 July: England’s Georgia Taylor-Brown battles Bermudan Flora Duffy in the triathlon. We also get our first sight of women’s T20 cricket and 3×3 basketball, while at London’s velodrome Laura Kenny leads England in team pursuit.
  • Saturday 30 July: Early-morning marathons are followed byt Tom Dean and Duncan Scott’s 200m duel in the pool, and the Roses continuing their netball title defense against Malawi.
  • Sunday 31 July: Adam Peaty will attempt to defy injury and retain his 100m breaststroke title, while Fiji have got a chance to finally win their first Commonwealth gold in rugby sevens.
  • Monday 1 August: The first lawn bowls final, men’s triples, could feature “Wonder Bowler” Nick Brett, while judo makes its return to Commonwealth Games action. Dame Laura will get her third shot at a medal in the scratch race, while there are several high-profile races in the pool.
  • Tuesday 2 August: The athletics program starts today, while we see the last gymnastics finals and penultimate night of swimming.
  • Wednesday 3 August: All eyes will be on the track for men’s and women’s 100m finals, with Dina Asher-Smith lined up for a potential rematch with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. We’ll also see the mountain bike and squash finals.
  • Thursday 4 August: Para-powerlifters lift three times their body weight and the one-day competition will feature Paralympic medalists Micky Yule, Olivia Broome and Zoe Newson – we’ll also get to see Geraint Thomas in the cycling time trial.
  • Friday 5 August: We’re into the business end of the Games with hockey and table tennis semi-finals, netball classification matches and beach volleyball quarter-finals, while the wrestling competition begins.
  • Saturday 6 August: A massive middle-distance day at the Alexander Stadium as newly-crowned world champion Jake Wightman takes on all comers in the morning 1500m and Keely Hodgkinson tops the bill in the evening’s 800m.
  • Sunday 7 August: The netball, cricket and hockey medals will all be decided within a matter of hours, promising an unforgettable day of team sport. That’s before you even mention cycling’s road race, a bumper day of boxing finals and Laura Muir in the 1500m.
  • Monday 8 August: The men’s hockey final will be the final event at the Games with badminton, diving, table tennis and squash scores all still to be settled before the curtain comes down with the Closing Ceremony.

More on Commonwealth Games 2022

Which sports are included at the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

While it lacks the overall scope of the Olympics, there is a total of 1,875 medals to be won in 280 events across 19 different sports at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

New events for Birmingham include women’s T20 cricket, three-a-side basketball and mixed synchronized swimming:

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing
  • T20 Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Lawn bowls
  • Netball
  • Rugby sevens
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Weight lifting
  • Wrestling

How to watch the 2022 Commonwealth Games

TV: The BBC will be showing over 200 hours of live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three, with additional coverage on the red button

Live stream: There will be up to 11 live streams to watch online on BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport website

Highlights: A highlights show Tonight at the Games will be shown on BBC One each night, ranging from 10pm to 10.40pm start times

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