Canberra, 28 July 2022 (TDI): The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) congratulated the Australian flag carriers at the Commonwealth Games 2022.

The squash player Rachael Grinham and Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden are chosen to represent Australia as flag carriers at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in 2022.

Eddie Ockenden is a three-time hockey gold medalist.  Also, Rachael Grinham is a decorated, six-time squash representative.

Commonwealth Games 2022

The opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2022 will take place on Thursday (July 28).

Birmingham, England will host the opening ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Alexander Stadium in Birmingham will host the opening ceremony.

The event will take place from 28 July to 8 August 2022. A total of 72 countries are participating in this year’s event. More than 4500 athletes will take part in 283 medal events.

The competition will take place at 15 venues in the West Midlands. Birmingham will have seven of these venues. It is the UK’s second-largest city with a population of 1.15 million.

It is the first time since Manchester 2002 that England is hosting a Commonwealth Games.

Australian Squad

Australia is sending 435 competitors, the second-largest contingent in history behind Gold Coast 2018. It includes 351 athletes with able bodies, 76 para-athletes, and eight guides. Petria Thomas, the chef de mission, will direct them.

The team’s age range is close to fifty years. Also, more than half of the players will be making their debuts. The two oldest and youngest competitors making their debuts are lawn bowler Cheryl Lindfield, 63, and diver Charli Petrov, 14.

The AIS has fielded the largest squad for an international competition. They mentioned that they are pleased to have assisted athletes and sports on their trip to Birmingham.

The AIS made significant investments in Commonwealth Games athletes and campaigns.

New Games

The first-ever game of women’s T20 cricket will take place at Edgbaston. 3×3 basketball, 3×3 wheelchair basketball, and para table tennis are all making their debuts as well.