13 October 2021

Sri Lanka interested to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

According to BBC, Australia, Canada, India and Sri Lanka have expressed interest in staging the 2026 Games but, as yet, a host has not been secured.

Meanwhile, the number of compulsory sports that Commonwealth Games hosts will have to stage in the future is set to be cut from 16 to just two. Under a radical new ‘strategic roadmap’ designed to preserve the event’s future, only athletics and swimming will enjoy protected status.

With Games bosses struggling to convince cities to bid for the event, the shake-up is designed to give potential hosts more choice over their programme.As well as greater freedom to select urban and e-sports in a bid to appeal to younger audiences, cities will be encouraged to select entirely new disciplines that are popular locally.

In an attempt to drive down costs and innovate, co-hosting will be encouraged and there will be no requirement for an athletes’ village.

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