The Victorian government has unveiled the full sports program for the 2026 Commonwealth Games and announced a new host city.
- Golf, coastal rowing and BMX racing will make their Commonwealth Games debut
- Shepparton added as host city
- Mayor Shane Sali is thrilled with the opportunity to showcase the city
The program will include 20 sports in 26 disciplines and nine fully integrated parasports.
“This will not only showcase a great diversity of sporting participation, but also showcase the different parts of regional Victoria,” said Commonwealth Games Delivery Minister Jacinta Allan.
The expanded program saw the inclusion of 3×3 basketball and 3×3 wheelchair basketball, cross-country mountain biking, track cycling, track para-cycling and shooting.
Three sports will make their Commonwealth Games debut in 2026, including coastal rowing, golf and BMX racing.
Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin said it was an exciting training.
“I’m quite sure that when athletes across the Commonwealth heard that announcement – what was going to happen and what sports were being played there – they [were all] absolutely jump up and down with this.”
Shepparton named host city
The state government also announced that Shepparton would be the host city for the Games.
The city will host the road race time trials and BMX racing competition.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Shane Sali said this was a massive announcement for the city and that she was grateful to be able to play a part in the games.
“We have well and truly proven in the past that we can host international events – we have world class facilities so there is no problem that we will be able to deliver,” he said.
The council and community campaigned to play a host role in the 2026 games after the city led the initial push in 2017 to launch a bid for the event.
Shepparton MP Suzanna Sheed said a lot of work had been done behind the scenes to make this happen.
“We’ll be able to turn this into something amazing and build on it – we just needed to get inside the door,” she said.
Commonwealth Games Australia chief executive Craig Phillips praised the BMX facilities in Shepparton and said today was a great day for the sports that would be included for the first time.
“A whole new generation of athletes will be able to come and experience a Commonwealth Games dream that may not have been available to them before,” he said.