Golf to debut at 2026 Commonwealth Games alongside BMX and coastal rowing

The closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham,

Golf, BMX and beach rowing will make their Commonwealth Games debuts when the South Australian state of Victoria hosts the 2026 edition, organizers said on Wednesday.

Shooting also returned to the program after being dropped for the 2022 Birmingham Games.

Coastal rowing, which is pushing for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, involves boats competing in open water.

The 2026 Games will be held in several regional cities in Victoria and will feature 22 sports and 26 sports, including nine fully integrated para-sports, organizers said in a statement.

“Victoria 2026 is also proposing to add para-sport disciplines in golf, beach rowing and road racing (cycling), and will work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and relevant international sports federations to determine if this is feasible,” the statement said.

Shepparton Countryside Center will host the BMX and other cycling events, including the men’s and women’s road race time trial.

“We are delighted to confirm the sports program for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the additional sports proposed by Victoria 2026 completing an exciting and diverse line-up,” said Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin.

“The Games are set to be competitive and action-packed, featuring an extensive and fully integrated para-sports programme, the debut of beach rowing, golf and BMX, shooting return and glittering 3×3 basketball.

“The program is anchored in the CGF’s strategic roadmap for 2026-30, which provides hosts with greater flexibility to offer new sports, particularly those with specific local relevance that will enhance the presentation of culture and increase community engagement.”

Sports Victoria 2026:

athletics and wild athletics; badminton; basketball (wheelchair 3×3 and 3×3); fist; Beach volleyball; beach rowing; T20 Cricket (Women only); cycling (BMX, mountain bike, road, track and para-track); scuba dive; golf; exercise; hockey; grass bowls and para grass bowls; Netball; para-powerlifting; rugby sevens; Shooting and Para-shooting; Squash; table tennis and para table tennis; triathlon and para-triathlon; weight lifting

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