Shooting Returns in 2026 Commonwealth Games while wrestling left out

Shooting will make a comeback to the 2026 Commonwealth Games programme but wrestling has been dropped from the list of sports for the next edition which will be held in Victoria, Australia.

Shooting had been a part of the CWG programme since 1966 but was excluded from the 2022 edition in Birmingham. Wrestling will not be held at the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1930.

Archery, which has featured only twice at the CWG in 1982 and 2010, and judo didn’t make the cut either.

The return of shooting at the Commonwealth Games bodes well for India.

India are the second-most successful shooting country at the CWG, winning 135 medals – 63 gold, 44 silver and 28 bronze. Australia are the most successful nation with 171 medals.

India are also the second-most successful wrestling team at the CWG with 114 medals – 49 gold, 39 silver and 26 bronze. Canada leads the tally with 147 medals.

At Birmingham 2022, wrestling yielded the most medals for India. They won 12 medals, including six golds.

Golf, BMX and coastal rowing are set to make their debuts at Victoria 2026. In total, 22 sports will be featured at the event.

Women’s T20 cricket, which made its CWG debut at Birmingham 2022, will feature in the Victoria edition of the Games too. Australia are the defending champions after they defeated India in the final earlier this year.

The 2026 Commonwealth Games will be held in multiple cities in Victoria from March 17 to 29. The opening ceremony will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Commonwealth Games 2026 sports in Victoria

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

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