The preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2018 have hit the top gear. For many of the participants, it might be their last chance in the spotlight and they wouldn’t want to leave any stone unturned. The heat is well and truly on.
Participants are going to compete against each other across a total of 17 sports (10 core and 7 non-core) which are further sub-divided into multiple categories. The following are the sports which are going to form a part of the Gold Coast Games 2018:
Athletics: Athletics is one of the major Commonwealth Games sport. It is a core sport and is one of the three sports which have been a part of every edition. Track and field events are further divided into three
Apart from these, there is also a combined multiple event for men (decathlon) and women (heptathlon).
Aquatics: Aquatics is another core sport. It is one of the trio which have featured in every single edition of the Games. Aquatics is further divided into the following categories:
Badminton: Badminton is another core sport which has been a part of every edition since the 1966 CWG. It has a total of 6 gold medals to offer. Men and women play in singles and doubles events. Besides, there is also a mixed team and doubles event.
Basketball: Basketball is an optional sport which was opted in favour of by the home city. It has two medals to offer; one for men and one for women.
Boxing: Boxing is yet another core sport which has featured in every single edition to date. The following are the sub-categories for men:
Light Flyweight 48kg
Light Welterweight 64kg
Light Heavyweight 81kg
Super Heavyweight 91kg
Cycling: Cycling is an optional sport which has been in every Games since 1934. It has three disciplines:
Gymnastics: Gymnastics is an optional sport which has featured in every edition since 1990. Gymnastics includes two disciplines; artistic and rhythmic.
Hockey: Hockey is a core event which has been a part of every edition since 1998. It consists of mens’ and women’s division.
Lawn bowls: Lawn bowls is a core sport which has been in each edition since 1934 with the exception of 1966. A total of six gold medals are on offer across the following categories:
Singles (men and women)
Pairs (men and women)
Triples (men and women)
Netball: It is a core sport which has featured in every edition since 1998. It is the only female-only sport at the Games. Apart from this, the rhythmic discipline of gymnastics of gymnastics is also female-only.
Rugby 7s: It is one of the 10 core sports which has been a part of every edition since 1998. It is a men-only event with only one gold medal on offer.
Shooting: It is an optional sport which was first introduced in the 1966 CWG. It further includes:
Small bore and air rifle
Full bore rifle
Squash: It is a core sport with a total of 5 gold medals on offer. It includes singles (men and women) and doubles (men, women and mixed) events.
Table tennis: Table tennis is an optional sport which has featured in every edition since 2002. It has a total of 8 gold medals to offer in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and team events.
Triathlon: It is an optional sport which was introduced in 1990. It was a part of 2002, 2006 and 2014 editions. There are men’s and women’s triathlon races, which include a 1.5 km swim followed by 40km cycling and a 10 km run.
Weight lifting: Weight lifting is a core sport which has been a part of all the Game since 1950. As many as 15 gold medals are on offer across the following men’s and women’s categories:
The women's categories are:
The men's categories are:
Wrestling: Wrestling is the last one which will be a part of the Gold Coast Sporting events. Wrestling is an optional sport and has been a part of most of the Games since 1930. There will be both. Greco-Roman as well as Freestyle events.