Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Where it is being held, how to get tickets and watch on TV

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The Commonwealth Games has returned to England for the first time in two decades, with Birmingham playing host after Durban was stripped of the event amid financial difficulties. Here's all you need to know about this summer's Games.

What is it?

The 22nd Commonwealth Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes from Commonwealth countries. The Games has returned to England for the first time since 2002 in Manchester. However, they have been held in the UK in that time - Glasgow hosted the 2014 edition.

Where are the Games being held?

Birmingham is this year's host city, with the revamped Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr hosting the athletics. Other events are spread around the West Midlands including swimming at the purpose-built Sandwell Aquatics Centre. Some cycling events will be held at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

When do the Commonwealth Games end?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games started on Thursday July 28 and will end on Monday August 8.

How to buy tickets for the Commonwealth Games

You can still purchase tickets for many of the events here. However, some sports - including swimming, mountain biking, the cycling time trial and road race, artistic gymnastics and both triathlon and para-triathlon are resale tickets only. There is availability for all other sports.

What is the TV schedule?

The BBC will bring you live coverage of every session with more than 200 hours of live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three.

There will be up to 11 live streams on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with additional coverage on the Red Button to ensure you can watch your favourite sport.

Which countries are competing in the Games?

Latest news

Adam Peaty rallied from being "at the lowest of the low" as he ended a roller coaster past few days by winning gold in the men's 50 metres breaststroke in his final Commonwealth Games race.

Peaty's eight-year unbeaten run over 100 metres ended on Sunday and he admitted he had expected too much of himself on his comeback from a broken foot he suffered in a training accident 10 weeks ago.

But he warned his rivals he was like a cornered lion ready to "bite" back and duly claimed the only major gold medal missing from his vast collection after touching the wall first in 26.76 seconds.

He had suggested he was "not bothered" about these Games with the 2024 Olympics uppermost in his mind but after finishing 0.21s ahead of silver medallist Sam Williamson of Australia and Scotland's Ross Murdoch, who took bronze, Peaty straddled a lane marker and let out a huge roar of emotion.

Peaty revealed it was Murdoch who had persuaded him to continue competing in this event, 48 hours after his fourth-place finish in the 100m, which the Englishman disclosed left him close to rock-bottom.

"I was at the lowest of the low," said the triple Olympic champion and 50m and 100m world record holder. "I had something which was almost guaranteed taken away from me. I took it for granted.

"I said to Ross that I didn't want to do the 50m and he said I'd regret it for years after, for the rest of my life. What happened (in the final) was the emotion and rawness - that's what you saw.

"I struggled because I had no race exposure. I didn't know what I was doing. I just went down with my heart and soul. It took until now to find that. It's been a very tough Games, a very hard Games.

"I came from literally the lowest point. But you know what, I'm a fighter. I'm not going to let anyone else come and take it. They are going to have to work hard for it. It is a sweet victory for me."

Tell me about the Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony took place on Thursday 28 July, at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium with a live audience of 30,000 and millions watching around the world. The Queen, 96, is the head of the Commonwealth but was not in attendance with Prince Charles instead stepping in. Pop legends Duran Duran headlined the music acts.

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