The BBC will broadcast the 2022 Commonwealth Video games, with the choice to have extra girls’s than males’s medal occasions described as “phenomenal”.
The Birmingham Video games will happen from 28 July to eight August and would be the first main multi-sports occasion to award extra medals to feminine athletes.
England netballer Eboni Usoro-Brown says “it’s testomony to how far girls’s sport has come”.
“Girls’s sport is on an upward curve,” Usoro-Brown advised BBC Sport.
“It is constructive for sport on the whole to be proven free-to-air, however particularly for ladies’s sport, which is attempting to get extra funding and publicity.
“The BBC have led from the entrance and the actual fact they’ve the rights to the Video games, with extra medals being awarded to feminine athletes, highlights the successes of ladies’s sport.”
There have been equal numbers of medals on provide on the final Gold Coast Video games in 2018, however there can be 136 podium occasions for ladies and 134 for males in 2022.
Birmingham can even have the most important Commonwealth Para-sport programme, with wheelchair basketball amongst a number of new sports activities included.
Defending gold on residence soil
Usoro-Brown was a part of the England squad that gained gold in 2018 and says the Roses can defend their title “surely”.
“Netball has bought extra aggressive on the worldwide stage,” added the 32-year-old.
“Whereas earlier than, Australia and New Zealand had been the 2 nations that often performed for the gold medal – now, any staff can win.
“After Gold Coast and the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, there was a lot curiosity within the sport itself, particularly with new younger expertise coming by means of.
“It is about protecting that degree of consistency main into Birmingham, and what higher technique to do defend our title than on residence soil.”
The £800m Video games is about to be the most costly sports activities occasion staged in Britain for the reason that London 2012 Olympics.
Two months in the past, escalating prices and building delays attributable to the coronavirus pandemic had been blamed for the abandonment of the £500m athletes’ village.
And earlier this month, Jonathan Browning turned the second board member to resign from the organising committee, due to “rising frustration” at “a scarcity of transparency”.
However Usoro-Brown says the Video games are “one thing we will all sit up for”.
“It has been a difficult 12 months for everybody however, off the again of London 2012, we all know we will do it properly,” she mentioned.
“I actually hope, Covid-19 allowing, followers can attend the video games as a result of they’re our thirteenth participant.
“When the stress is on, to listen to them roar can actually enable you to recover from the road, and it fills us with such delight to know we’re representing our county.”
BBC to broadcast the Video games
The occasion would be the 18th consecutive Video games to be broadcast by the BBC.
Going down throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands, the BBC will ship intensive protection of the Video games throughout all platforms, offering audiences throughout the UK with a 24/7 service of stay motion, highlights, information and extra.
Tim Davie, director-general of the BBC, mentioned: “In a 12 months when many main sport occasions have been postponed, that is welcome information for sports activities followers. We’re delighted to be broadcasting the Commonwealth Video games.
Commonwealth Video games Federation president Dame Louise Martin mentioned: “We anticipate a number of the world’s highest profile athletes will compete at Birmingham, which can be an historic occasion for ladies’s sport, with extra medals for ladies than males.
“I’m thrilled that the BBC will as soon as once more join tens of millions of viewers to the drama and pleasure of the Commonwealth Video games, bringing their world class manufacturing and evaluation to houses and handsets throughout the UK.
“The BBC has demonstrated an enormous dedication to girls’s sport and with 2022 marking their centenary, I’m delighted they’re once more partnering with Commonwealth Sport to assist us generate enormous ranges of pleasure and anticipation within the lead as much as one of many greatest sporting occasions the UK has ever have hosted.”