Commonwealth Games 2022: More medals to be awarded to women at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games celebrates three-year countdown to 'The Games For Everyone'

One hundred thirty-five medals will be available for female athletes to win, compared to the previous best of 133 at the last Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast last year.

It marks the first time in history that a major multi-sport event will feature more women's than men's medal events.

In previous major sporting events such as the Olympics, there has been a significant disparity between the number of medals both women and men can win. 

Women were first allowed to participate in the Olympics in 1900, and even then they were limited to 5 sports. This overtime has grown but is still yet to reach equality, with the increase occurring above 40% since 2004.

The lack of representation of women at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other major sporting boards has truly reflected over the years.

With only 30.8% of IOC's executive board members being women, this impacts the opportunities available for women in sport.

Women's Twenty20 cricket, beach volleyball and Para-table tennis have been confirmed as additional sports.

Dame Louise Martin President of the Commonwealth Federation said; "Today is a historic day for the Commonwealth Games and I am delighted that we can now confirm that Birmingham 2022 is set to have the largest ever female and para-sport programme in history."

Dame Louise herself was part of the Commonwealth Games in 1962, where women only participated in swimming and athletics. She feels that this medal increase will be inspiring to young girls. 

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The IOC hopes that the Birmingham games will also encourage more para-athletes.

Birmingham will also have the most extensive Commonwealth Para-sport programme. 

"We are passionate advocates of women's sport and Para-sport so I am thrilled we are able to make this special announcement," said Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Dame Louise Martin.

The overall total cost of the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be £778m, making it the most expensive sports event Britain has hosted since the London 2012 Olympics.

Up to 4,500 athletes are expected to compete across 19 sports from 27 July to 7 August 2022.

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