Can The Host Country Choose CWG’s Sports, How Did Australia Do The Game?
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CWF) and Commonwealth Games Australia 5 October announced the games to be included in the 2026 Commonwealth Games. The Games will comprise 26 events spanning a total of 20 sports, including 9 para-sports. Wrestling has not found a place in these games.
This is the first time since 2010 that wrestling has not found a place in the CWG Games. Overall, this is only the fourth time in the 92-year history of the Commonwealth Games, which began in 1930, that wrestling has been out of the Commonwealth Games.
Wrestling was not included in the Commonwealth Games only three times – 1990 Auckland, 1998 Kuala Lumpur, and 2006 Melbourne.
Can the host country choose CWG’s sports, how did Australia do the game?
The final decision on which sports will be included in the Commonwealth Games is made by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). However, the CGF allows the host country to include certain sports in the CWG to promote its culture and local sports.
The CGF, in a new strategic roadmap in October 2021, said that the host country can choose new sports that are relevant to them and their culture. In this roadmap, the CGF had declared only two sports, athletics and swimming, to be compulsory sports for inclusion in every Commonwealth Games.
For this reason, wrestling was left behind in the race for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, because it has never been included in Australia’s top sports. Wrestling has been a major sport in only a few Commonwealth countries such as India, Canada, Pakistan, Nigeria, and South Africa.