Game On: The sport is locked in for Victoria 2026

An action-packed sporting program has been unveiled as the Commonwealth’s top athletes prepare to compete in regional Victoria in just over three years’ time.

The Commonwealth Games Federation, the Andrews Labor Government and the Commonwealth Games today reveal the full sporting program for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, comprising 20 sports and 26 disciplines, including nine fully integrated Para sports.

Golf, 3×3 Basketball, 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball, Coastal Rowing, Shooting, Shooting Para Sports, BMX Racing, Cross Country Mountain Biking, Track Cycling and Track Cycling have been added to the already impressive sports line-up, while Coastal Rowing, Golf, and BMX to make debut at Commonwealth Games.

Victoria 2026 is also proposing to add para-disciplines in golf, inshore rowing and road racing and will work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and relevant international sports federations to determine whether this is possible.

Shepparton will host a range of cycling events – hosting men’s and women’s time trials for the road race as well as BMX Racing, with the full program of event venues to be announced in the coming weeks.

More than 100 athletes will compete alongside hundreds of support staff, coaches and event organizers in the action-packed BMX competition.

Shepparton will also welcome a major festival alongside the sporting programme, an exciting range of events, experiences and exhibitions will feed into the region’s vibrant cultural scene, making the most of live theatre, crafts and galleries – including the world-class Shepparton Art Museum .

The Games are estimated to contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs after the Closing Ceremony.

For more information on the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, visit vic.gov.au/victoria2026.

A quote attributed to Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin

“We are thrilled to confirm the Sports Program for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the additional sports offered by Victoria 2026 adding to an exciting and diverse line-up.

“The Games are set to be competitive and action-packed, featuring an extensive, fully integrated para-sports programme, the debuts of inshore rowing, golf and BMX, the return of shooting and sparkling 3×3 basketball.

“The program is rooted in the CGF Strategic Roadmap 2026-30, which gives hosts greater flexibility to offer new sports, particularly those with specific local significance, that will enhance cultural performance and increase community engagement.”

A quote due to Commonwealth Games Delivery Minister Jacinta Allen

Victoria 2026 will deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games for all Victorians and showcase all that our state has to offer.”

Citation due to Commonwealth Games Heritage Minister Sean Lean

“The Games will provide a mix of modern, traditional and para sports, promoting diversity and inclusion.”

A quote attributed to Commonwealth Games Australia President Ben Houston

“Commonwealth Games Australia is delighted to include the new sports and disciplines for Victoria 2026 to take the Games into an exciting new era.”

COMPLETE LIST OF SPORTS

Water sports (swimming, paraswimming and diving)

Athletics and para-athletics

Badminton

3×3 Basketball, 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball

Boxing

Beach volleyball

Coastal rowing

Cricket T20 (Women)

Cycling (BMX)

Cycling (mountain bike)

Cycling (road)

Cycling (track and para-track)

Golf

gymnastics (artistic)

Hockey

Lawn bowls and lawn bowls

Netball

Rugby 7

Shooting and Shooting Para Sports

squash

Table tennis and steam table tennis

Triathlon and Paratriathlon

Weight lifting and para powerlifting

About CGF

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organization responsible for the leadership and control of the Commonwealth Games and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities worldwide by inspiring Commonwealth athletes to stimulate the influence and ambition of all Commonwealth citizens through sport.

For more information please contact:

CGF Media and Communications Manager

Claire Ashley

[email protected]

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