Article by Harshita Udani
We are on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Games 2022 which is held in Birmingham this year. Hereâ€™s more to know about CWG.
What are Commonwealth Games?
Commonwealth Games is often referred to as the Friendly Games, which is the first fully inclusive (even athletes with disability participate) international multi-sport event that happens every four years among the athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. This event was first proposed by John Astley Cooper in 1891.
CWG commenced in 1930 and has been running successively every quadrennial since (except 1942 & 1946 due to World War II). This event also became the first global multi-sport event in 2018 to feature an equal number of menâ€™s and womenâ€™s medal events. Apart from these, they have added Commonwealth Youth Games for athletes aged 14-18 years.
All of these events/games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CFG) controlling the sporting program and selecting the host cities, working with 72 member nations and territories to build peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous communities globally and by inspiring to drive the impact and ambition of all Commonwealth Citizens through Sports.
When and where is the latest Commonwealth Games 2022 held?
The ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 is being held in Birmingham from 28th July to 8th August 2022. CWG is currently on Day 4 today.
What is the current position and updates for India in Commonwealth Games 2022?
Currently, India has won 6 medals -three Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze as of Day 4. Today, several top Indian sportspersons will be seen in action.
Badminton â€“ India vs Singapore â€“ Mixed Team Semi-final
Table tennis â€“ India vs Nigeria â€“ Menâ€™s Team Semi-final
Squash â€“ Joshana Chinappa and Saurav Ghoshal to play their respective quarter-finals.
Boxing â€“ Amit Panghal (51 kg), Hussam Uddin Mohammed (57 kg), and Ashish Kumar (80 kg) to perform today
Hockey- India vs England in Pool B Match
Ajay Singh finished 4th for the menâ€™s 81kg weightlifting final and Pranati Nayak fifth in the vault final, still hopes are high for the upcoming days of events from India.
India is hoping to increase their medal haul on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Games 2022, with #LawnBowl Womenâ€™s Four team having won the semi-final of India vs New Zealand 16-16 and creating history by becoming the first Indian Tem to reach the finals of Commonwealth Games. The Womenâ€™s Four team will now lock horns with South Africa in the finals.
With this, the Indian Women’s team has at least guaranteed themselves a silver medal with true spirits of reaching gold in Womenâ€™s Four Lawn Bowls.
From the bag of medals, Jeremy Lalrinnunga won gold for India in theÂ 67kg category beforeÂ Achinta Sheuli starred in the 73kg category.
The duo’s success followed Olympic silver medallistÂ Mirabai Chanu had bagged a gold medal in the 49 kg category, which was India’s first top podium finish in the ongoing CW Games.
Sushiladevi Likabamtoo has advanced to the semi-finals of Womenâ€™s Judo after defeating Harriet Boniface (Malawi) IPPON with combined technique and keeping Indiaâ€™s eyes on the medal list with a promising outcome.
With promising efforts from Indian athletes, we have many days of keeping the sporting spirits high.
Where is the next Commonwealth Games going to be held and when?
TheÂ 2026 Commonwealth GamesÂ will be held for a record sixth time inÂ Australia, as announced on 16th February 2022. This will be the first time ever that they will be decentralized, as the state ofÂ VictoriaÂ signed as the host city. The games will have 4 regional clusters mainly focused inÂ the BendigoÂ region and another 3 regional centres. It was also confirmed that theÂ Centennial Commonwealth Games scheduled for 2030Â were likely to be awarded toÂ Hamilton,Â Canada.