An action-packed sport programme has been unveiled as the Commonwealth’s best athletes prepare to compete in Victoria, Australia in 2026.
The full sport programme for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games features 20 sports and 26 disciplines, including nine fully integrated Para sports.
Coastal Rowing, Golf and BMX are set to make a Commonwealth Games debut, while 3x3 Basketball, 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball, Shooting, Shooting Para Sport, Mountain Bike Cross Country, Track Cycling and Para Cycling Track are included in the sports line-up. Victoria 2026 is also proposing to add in Para disciplines in Golf, Coastal Rowing and Cycling Road Race.
NZOC CEO Nicki Nicol says it’s exciting to have new sports and disciplines in the mix, attracting new athletes and sporting communities.
“We’re thrilled that golf, coastal rowing and BMX will be contested at the next Commonwealth Games. It's always difficult to choose the sports and we feel for wrestling, judo, rhythmic gymnastics and our other member sports which are not on the programme this time”, said Nicol.
With the Games just across the Tasman, Nicol says she’s expecting a strong New Zealand presence on and off the field of play.
“A Southern Hemisphere Commonwealth Games is fantastic for New Zealand athletes and sport, providing better travel, time-zones and training opportunities.
“We’ve just seen the New Zealand Team create history in Birmingham and I know family, friends and supporters of our team will be looking forward to Victoria 2026.”
The programme has been created under the new Commonwealth Games Federation Strategic Roadmap which invites future hosts to explore innovative concepts, including multi-city hosting and tailored sports programmes.
It is estimated the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 600 fulltime equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs beyond the Closing Ceremony.
Full List of Sports:
- Aquatics (Swimming, Para Swimming & Diving)
- Athletics & Para Athletics
- 3x3 Basketball, 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball
- Beach Volleyball
- Coastal Rowing
- Cricket T20 (Women’s)
- Cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road, Track & Para Track)
- Gymnastics (Artistic)
- Lawn Bowls & Para Lawn Bowls
- Rugby Sevens
- Shooting & Shooting Para Sport
- Table Tennis & Para Table Tennis
- Triathlon & Para Triathlon
- Weightlifting & Para Powerlifting