AN action-packed program of sports has been unveiled as the Commonwealth’s best athletes prepare to compete across regional Victoria in just over three years.

The Commonwealth Games Federation, the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Games Australia unveiled the full Sport Program for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, featuring 20 sports and 26 disciplines, including nine fully integrated Para sports.

Golf, 3×3 Basketball, 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball, Coastal Rowing, Shooting, Shooting Para Sport, BMX Racing, Mountain Bike Cross Country, Track Cycling and Para Cycling Track have been added to the already impressive sports line-up, while Coastal Rowing, Golf, and BMX will make a Commonwealth Games debut.

Victoria 2026 is also proposing to add in Para disciplines in Golf, Coastal Rowing and the Road Race and will work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and relevant international sporting federations to determine if this is possible.

Shepparton will host a suite of cycling events – staging both men’s and women’s time trials for the road race, as well as the BMX Racing competition, with the full program of event locations to be announced in the coming weeks.

More than 100 athletes will be competing alongside hundreds of support staff, coaches and event organisers across the action-packed BMX racing competition.

Shepparton will also welcome a major festival alongside the sport program, an exciting array of events, experiences and exhibitions will tap into the region’s vibrant cultural scene, making the most of live theatre, craft and galleries – including the world-class Shepparton Art Museum.

The Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls competitions will be conducted in the magnificent regional city of Bendigo.

It is estimated the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs beyond the Closing Ceremony.

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A delighted Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin said,We are thrilled to confirm the Sport Program for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the additional sports proposed by Victoria 2026 completing an exciting and diverse line-up.

‘The Games are set to be competitive and action-packed, featuring an extensive, fully integrated Para Sport Program, the debuts of Coastal Rowing, Golf and BMX, the return of Shooting and the scintillating 3×3 Basketball.

‘The Program is rooted in the CGF’s 2026-30 Strategic Roadmap, which provides hosts with greater flexibility to propose new sports, especially ones with specific local relevance that will enhance cultural showcasing and increase community engagement.’

Jacinta Allan, the Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery, added,Victoria 2026 will deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games for all Victorians and showcase all our state has to offer,’ while Shaun Leane, Minister for Commonwealth Games Legacy, agreed, saying,The Games will deliver a blend of contemporary, traditional and Para sports, promoting diversity and inclusion.’

It was left to Commonwealth Games Australia President Ben Houston to have the final say,Commonwealth Games Australia is delighted with the inclusion of the new sports and disciplines for Victoria 2026 to take the Games into an exciting new era..

Here is the full list of participating sports: Aquatics (Swimming, Para Swimming & Diving); Athletics & Para Athletics; Badminton; 3×3 Basketball, 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball; Boxing; Beach Volleyball; Coastal Rowing; Cricket T20 (Women’s); Cycling (BMX); Cycling (Mountain Bike); Cycling (Road); Cycling (Track & Para Track); Golf; Gymnastics (Artistic); Hockey; Lawn Bowls & Para Lawn Bowls; Netball; Rugby Sevens; Shooting & Shooting Para Sport; Squash; Table Tennis & Para Table Tennis; Triathlon & Para Triathlon; Weightlifting & Para Powerlifting.

Photo: Victoria Park at Royal Leamington Spa, scene of the recent Birmingham Commonwealth Games bowls competitions.