The Commonwealth Games

Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, the Commonwealth Games takes place every four years and is regarded as one of the major events in an athlete’s career. Following its first instalment in 1930, the Games has developed and diversified tremendously with 4600 athletes from 72 nations and territories set to be involved this year.

Having won the bid to host to the Commonwealth Games in 2017, Birmingham will be welcoming athletes, spectators and support staff to the city across the end of July and beginning of August. With the Opening Ceremony starting the competition’s proceedings on Thursday 28 July, the event spans across 12 days of fierce of competition culminating in a Closing Ceremony on Monday 8 August.

This year’s Commonwealth Games will run the largest number of Women’s and Para-events in the Games’ history, thanks to the additions of sports such as T20 cricket, Para-Table Tennis and 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball. There will be a total of 13 mixed events including synchronised diving, swimming relays and para-athletics relays, alongside old favourites including Athletics, Boxing, Netball, Judo, Triathlon, and so much more!

TeamUCL At The Games

One of the athletes set to compete in Birmingham is TeamUCL’s Debbie Alawode, following the exciting news of her selection in May. Debbie will be looking to turn platform into podium as she strives for success in the Women’s 76kg weightlifting category on Tuesday 2 August at 9:30.

How can I Watch?

Debbie will be live across the BBC, where you’ll be able to view all events across their platforms.

The Institute Bar will also be showcasing the Commonwealth Games during their opening hours.