|In a Commonwealth Games first, Beach Volleyball has scored a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) sports program.
The historic agreement between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), will extend the GC2018 sports program for the first time from 17 to 18 sports.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision, which was approved by the CGF Executive Board following a special request from the Minister for the Commonwealth Games and GOLDOC. She said:
Commonwealth Games Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said Games’ partners are in the process of assessing suitable Gold Coast locations:
CGF President Louise Martin CBE also endorsed the decision:
GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier AM said Games’ preparations were on track with arrangements well advanced on the sporting, commercial and infrastructure programs:
The GC2018 sports program will now include the following 18 sports: Athletics, Aquatics (swimming and diving), Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road, mountain and track), Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
The final GC2018 fully integrated Para-Sports program will be announced later this month.
The events will be staged across 18 competition venues, with 14 sports on the Gold Coast, two in Brisbane (Shooting and Track Cycling), one in Cairns (Basketball Preliminaries) and one in Townsville (Basketball Preliminaries).
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged from 4 to 15 April 2018.