An action-packed sports program has been unveiled as the Commonwealth’s top athletes prepare to compete in regional Victoria in just over three years.
The Commonwealth Games Federation, Andrews Labor Government and Commonwealth Games Australia today unveiled the full sports program for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, featuring 20 sports and 26 disciplines, including nine fully integrated Para sports.
Golf, 3×3 basketball, 3×3 wheelchair basketball, Coastal Rowing, Shooting, Shooting Para Sport, BMX Racing, Mountain Bike Cross Country, Track Cycling and Para Cycling Track have been added to the already impressive sports offering, while Coastal Rowing, Golf, and BMX will debut at the Commonwealth Games.
Victoria 2026 is also proposing to add Para disciplines in Golf, Coastal Rowing and the Road Race and will work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and relevant international sports federations to determine if this is possible.
Shepparton will host a series of cycling events – with both men’s and women’s time trials before the road race, as well as the BMX Racing competition, with the full schedule 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 racing competition.
In addition to its sports programme, Shepparton also hosts a major festival, an exciting array of events, experiences and exhibitions that draw on the region’s vibrant cultural scene, making the most of live theatre, craft and galleries – including the world-class Shepparton Art Museum .
It is estimated that the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy and create more than 600 full-time equivalents 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.
Quote attributed to Commonwealth Games Federation President, Dame Louise Martin
“We are delighted to confirm the sports program for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the additional sports proposed by Victoria 2026 rounding out an exciting and diverse line-up.
“The Games will be competitive and action-packed with a comprehensive, fully integrated Para Sport program, the debuts of Coastal Rowing, Golf and BMX, the return of shooting and the sparkling 3×3 basketball.
“The program is rooted in the CGF’s 2026-30 Strategic Roadmap, which provides hosts with greater flexibility to propose new sports, especially sports with specific local relevance that will enhance cultural presentation and increase community engagement.”
Quote attributed to Commonwealth Games Minister Delivery Jacinta Allan
“Victoria 2026 will deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games for all Victorians and showcase what our state has to offer.”
Quote attributed to Commonwealth Games Legacy Minister Shaun Leane
“The Games will feature a mix of contemporary, traditional and para sports, promoting diversity and inclusion.”
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.”
FULL LIST OF SPORTS
Water Sports (Swimming, Paraswimming & Diving)
Athletics & Para-athletics
3×3 basketball, 3×3 wheelchair basketball
Cricket T20 (Women)
Cycling (Mountain bike)
Cycling (Track & Para Track)
Lawn Bowls & Para Lawn Bowls
Shooting & Shooting Para Sport
Table Tennis & Para Table Tennis
Triathlon and Paratriathlon
Weightlifting and para-powerlifting
About the CGF
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