Five sports that should be part of Commonwealth Games in future
Introducing more sports at the mega event will help in attrating a larger fanbase.
Another successful Commonwealth Games has come to an end, with India finishing fourth in terms of the medal tally. The Indian contingent bagged 61 medals in the 2022 edition of the CWG, including 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze medals. Though the number of medals as compared to the previous edition are less, looking at the absence of shooting, this was India’s finest performance at the Commonwealth Games to date. India won 16 medals in shooting in the last edition. Had shooting been a part of CWG 2022, the numbers would have been magnificent.
There must be some thoughts popping up in your mind regarding the Commonwealth Games, and one of them could be about not having some popular sports in the Games. So, let us tell you five sports that should be a part of the Commonwrealth Games in the future:
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Among the world’s most popular sport, football is played by most nations. Having a sport like football in the Commonwealth Games would not only increase the viewership of the games but also make the sport popular in the non-playing nations. There can’t be a better sight than watching India play football against some of the top-playing nations in the world. Of course, we can’t expect all the top players to be a part of it due to their heavy schedules, but their country’s participation would be enough to bring the magic.
The time has come when Kabaddi is no longer just about India, Iran, and Bangladesh. It is spreading at a brilliant pace in almost every continent. Undoubtedly, India and Iran are two of the strongest nations when it comes to Kabaddi. The inclusion of this sport will increase the popularity of the game and will see more champions come forward to rule the sport. Kabaddi should be a part of the Commonwealth Games in the future due to its increasing fan base all around the world.
Tennis was a part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where Somdev Devvarman won the men’s singles final. That was the first and last time tennis was included in the CWG. With tennis having a huge fan base all over the world, the return of the sport at Commonwealth Games would not only give opportunities to the young participants, but also help in gain an enormous amount of popularity in the non-playing nations.
With beach volleyball already a part of the Commonwealth Games, there is no harm in including indoor volleyball to give the sport more acceptance on a larger scale. Volleyball is being played by the majority of countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India, to name a few. India, now having a separate league for volleyball, will get a chance to showcase its talent on a bigger platform.
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Basketball was first included in the Commonwealth Games during the 2006 edition held in Melbourne, with Australia winning gold medal in both men’s and women’s competitions. Then it was announced in 2011 that it would return to the Games in 2018 Gold Coast. Basketball has never been included as a full-time sport at the CWG.
Also in 2017, the announcement of replacing regular court basketball as an optional CWG sport in the Birmingham Games with the 3x3 variation was a surprising call. Both able-bodied and wheelchair competitions made their debut in this year’s Games. There could be an option to keep basketball as a permanent sport in the CWG because of its massive fan following.