By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
72 countries and more than 5,000 athletes are competing in 280 sporting events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which opened in Birmingham on 28 July 2022 and will last 11 days.
Para-athletes will compete alongside able-bodied athletes and the Games will feature three new sporting events: women’s T20 cricket; three-aside basketball and mixed synchronised swimming.
There will be 1,875 medals to be won.
The cost to Birmingham for staging the Games, which are held every four years, is estimated at £780 million.
The Games began in 1930 as the British Empire Games and became the Commonwealth Games in 1974.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary political association of 56 independent and equal countries, many of which were former territories of the British Empire and comprise 2.5 billion people.
One controversial question about the Games, as with all other major sporting events, is: will they deliver a legacy?