The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has unveiled a new seven-year strategic plan which aims to broaden its focus from the four-year operational cycle of hosting Commonwealth Games to a more far-reaching role as a global movement.
‘Transformation 2022’ has been endorsed by the CGF board and will now undergo a formal process of consultation with federation members ahead of final approval at the CGF general assembly in Auckland, New Zealand, this September. The strategic plan prioritises delivery across four key areas identified as: innovative and inspirational Games, good governance and management, strong partnerships and a valued brand.
A number of objectives are grouped into these four strategic priority areas, including development initiatives, stronger alignments with Commonwealth stakeholders, new commercial partnerships and the creation of an ambassador programme.
CGF president HRH Prince Imran said: “The strategic plan recognises the rapidly-changing landscape of international sport as we continue to develop the world-class sporting stage that is the Commonwealth Games. Most importantly, however, it presents a bold new vision for the Commonwealth sports movement, celebrating and connecting the athletes, citizens and communities of the Commonwealth. Now is the time to be ambitious and bold, as we build on our diverse heritage and forward momentum.”
A key element of the CGF’s draft strategic plan is a review of the sports programme for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and beyond, with the aim of further developing the multi-sport event as an impactful and inspiring platform for athletes from the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The proposals seek to increase the number of compulsory sports for women, increase the number of optional para-sports, create greater planning certainty for organising committees and promote and protect the participation of smaller Commonwealth nations and territories.
The changes would result in an increase in the number of compulsory sports to 16. The creation of a quota-driven, event-based programme of compulsory and optional sports targeting up to 4,500 athletes – 4,000 of which are to be allocated to the compulsory programme – hopes to offer greater planning certainty for organisers and participants with freedom to reflect local aspirations of the host city.
There would also be the creation of athlete quotas by sport, determined by Commonwealth rankings, athlete results and universality principles, along with the creation of a ‘recognised’ designation for international federations.
The result of the proposed changes to the sports programme would create a compulsory sports programme for the 2022, 2026 and 2030 editions of the Commonwealth Games comprising: aquatics (swimming and para swimming); athletics and para athletics; badminton; men’s and women’s boxing; road cycling; artistic gymnastics; hockey; judo; lawn bowls and para lawn bowls; netball; men’s and women’s rugby sevens; squash; table tennis; triathlon; wrestling and weightlifting (including para powerlifting).
A pool of optional sports/disciplines will comprise: archery; basketball (3×3); cricket (men’s Twenty20); cycling (track, mountain bike, para); gymnastics (rhythmic); shooting (clay target, pistol, full bore, small bore); para table tennis; para triathlon; wheelchair basketball (3×3); and beach volleyball.
Following Glasgow’s staging of last year’s Commonwealth Games, the event is set to travel to Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018. The host of first edition of the Games to be included under the reform package, 2022, is yet to be decided. The South African city of Durban is the only candidate left in the running to host the 2022 Games following the withdrawal of Edmonton in February.