Wheelchair basketball is set to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games, taking place in Birmingham, UK in 2022, in the 3×3 format.
Formerly the site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets, Smithfield will be the home of the beach volleyball and basketball 3×3 competitions (including wheelchair basketball) during the Commonwealth Games.
Ahead of this, the site will be transformed from blank canvas into a vibrant venue for the Games which also includes the Smithfield Festival Site. Accessibility: The site will have step free access, excellent public transport links and offer temporary accessible facilities such as a changing places toilet. This is an outdoor venue without cover.
Birmingham has an established track record of hosting wheelchair basketball events as the host city for the U23 Men’s World Championships in 2005 and the World Championships for Men and Women in 2010.
The basketball 3×3 and beach volleyball venues are expected to seat 2,500 and 4,000 spectators respectively.
The 3×3 wheelchair basketball will take place between 29 July – 2 August.
Six men’s teams – Australia, England, Canada, Northern Ireland, Malaysia and South Africa – and six women’s teams – Australia, England, Canada, Kenya, Scotland and South Africa – will compete to be on the podium.
How to watch
You can tune in to the Games via the BBC for the home nations, Seven in Australia, CBC in Canada, TV Media Sport and SuperSport covering the African nations and Sky and SportsMax where available, and the full list of broadcasters can be found here.