Birmingham, 29 July 2022 (TDI): The opening ceremony of the 22nd Commonwealth games was set off on Thursday at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Pakistan’s contingent will commence their Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign on July 29.
All set for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 🏅
— Pakistan Consulate Birmingham (@PakInBirmingham) July 28, 2022
The Commonwealth Games are referred to as an international multisport competition for commonwealth members. Birmingham is selected as the host city this year, making it England’s third time hosting the commonwealth games.
Pakistan will contest at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 29 to August 8, 2022. This will mark Pakistan’s 14th appearance in the Games.
Muhammad Inam, Pakistan’s premier wrestler and two-time Commonwealth game gold medalist, and Bismah Maroof, national women’s cricket team skipper will serve as the country’s flagbearers during the opening ceremony.
Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, the Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) has also arrived in Birmingham to take part in the inauguration ceremony.
Also, Colonel (Ret.) Muhammad Asif Zaman, Director General of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), is a member of the contingent and serves as the Deputy Chef-de-Mission.
Along with that, Pakistan’s High Commissioner in the UK, Moazzam Ahmad khan will also attend the event.
In addition to that, Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate addressed the opening ceremony. She highlighted that teams from 72 countries have joined to celebrate friendship across the border.
💬”The young athletes who compete over the next two weeks represent millions of boys and girls across the Commonwealth and our shared hope for the future.”
— Commonwealth Sport (@thecgf) July 28, 2022
Moreover, she stated that the young athletes who are going to participate in this second biggest sporting event in the world are a reflection of the Commonwealth’s millions of boys and girls and our shared optimism for the future.
Participation of the Pakistani Contingent
The Pakistani contingent for the game is comprised of 103 athletes, coaching staff, and officials. Up to 68 Pakistani athletes, including 15 members of the Women’s Cricket team, will compete in 12 different sports at these games. Of those 27 are female competitors.
The Pakistani players are set to feature in athletics, para-athletics, swimming, badminton, boxing, women’s T20 cricket, gymnastics, hockey, judo, squash, table tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.
The Director General of the Pakistan Sports Board underlined the desire for Pakistani athletes to put on a strong performance and to bring laurels to the country.
He further added that the athletes have been provided the access to all the facilities for their training for the event. And hoped that all players shine at the games and live up to the hype.