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How to watch the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games live online in Australia

It's the biggest sporting event since the Olympics.

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SUMMARY: The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is on the Seven Network. They will be broadcast on free-to-air TV on channels 7, 7Two and 7Mate. To watch every sport, you can stream on 7Plus.

While the rest of the sporting world suffered major disruptions over the past couple of years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll be able to watch the 2022 Commonwealth Games right on schedule due to its timing.

The last Commonwealth Games were held in 2018 on the Gold Coast. In 2022, the Games head to Birmingham in England. It's the third time England has hosted the event.

Australia dominated the medal count at the last Games, winning 80 golds overall and is expected to do well again in Birmingham. England will be given a boost courtesy of a home ground advantage in 2022, so will be expected to finish near the top.

The last time England hosted the games in 2002, they finished second overall. Scotland too should be given a lift due to its proximity to home and should finish deep inside the top 10.

Look out for perennial Commonwealth powerhouses Canada, India and South Africa to be up the pointy end of the final medal tally. Expect a few gold medal wins from the likes of New Zealand, Nigeria, Malaysia, Kenya and Jamaica too. All up, there are 54 countries and 18 territories taking part.

Let's be honest. We love watching Aussies win gold and there will once again be plenty of opportunities to do so at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

When is the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games run from Friday 29 July to Tuesday 9 August AEST. They will be held at 15 different venues in and around Birmingham in England.

How to watch the Commonwealth Games in Australia

The Seven Network has the rights to the Commonwealth Games. That means you can catch the event on free-to-air TV without the need for a subscription. The Seven Network will mostly be screening events on its main channel 7 and multichannel 7Mate, as well as occasionally on 7Two.

Keep in mind there is a 9-hour time difference between Birmingham and the eastern Australian states, 8-and-a-half hours for the central states and 7 hours for WA. That means a lot of the action will be in the early hours of the morning AEST.

Live coverage of each day's events will get underway at 7pm AEST on Seven and go right through until the following morning at around 7:30am.

Stream the 2022 Commonwealth Games on 7Plus

You can stream every sport at the Commonwealth Games on 7plus. It will feature up to 30 exclusive and free, live and replay channels. You can watch event replays, minis, trending highlights and all the action on demand. There are interviews and features with athletes in addition to the action on the field.

There will also be the opportunity to create a watchlist to follow your favourite events. Signed-in users can watch a full sport replay and pick up where they left off via the continue-watching carousel on their home screen.

Those who watched the Tokyo Olympics last year can expect a near-identical set-up on 7Plus for the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games on 7Plus

When is the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony?

The opening ceremony takes place at 4:45am Friday 29 July AEST at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

What sports are at the Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games features a fully integrated competition schedule in 2022, where able-bodied and para-athletes will compete at the same Games instead of having separate events.

There are 20 sports at the Commonwealth Games and Australia will compete in all of them. Here's the list of sports:

  • Aquatics (diving, swimming and para-swimming)
  • Athletics and para athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball (3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3)
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket (T20 women)
  • Cycling (mountain biking, road race, time trial, track and para track)
  • Gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic)
  • Field hockey
  • Judo
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls
  • Netball
  • Para powerlifting
  • Rugby Union (sevens)
  • Squash
  • Table tennis and para table tennis
  • Triathlon and para triathlon
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

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When is the swimming at the Commonwealth Games?

One of the blue riband events at the Commonwealth Games for Australia, there are 6 days of swimming.

Swimming heats will run from 7:30pm to 9:30pm AEST on Friday 29 July to Wednesday 3 August. You're going to have to stay up late or get up early to watch the medal races. Expect to see them between 4am and 7am AEST, with the finals sessions running Saturday 30 July to Thursday 4 August.

When is the athletics at the Commonwealth Games?

Athletics is another popular event for Australians at the Commonwealth Games. After the marathon on Saturday 30 July, you can check out the full athletics schedule from Tuesday 2 August. There will be 2 sessions each day, from 7pm to 10:30pm AEST and then from 3:30am to 7am AEST the following morning. The athletics' last session is on the morning of Monday 8 August AEST.

Is the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Kayo?

Even though Kayo has more than 50 sports, you can't watch the Commonwealth Games on the streaming service.

However, you can find sports that feature at the Commonwealth Games which Kayo screens all year round.

Kayo has the World Rugby Sevens, basketball in the form of the NBL and NBA, the Super Netball, plenty of cricket and some boxing events, which you can also view via Main Event.

Subscriptions to Kayo start from $25 a month and that lets you watch on 1 device at a time. If you're after more simultaneous streams, the Basic package at $27.50 a month allows 2 while the Premium package has up to 3 at once for $35 a month.

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When is the Closing Ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games?

The 11 massive days of competition will end with the Closing Ceremony on Tuesday 9 August from 5:15am AEST. Like the Opening Ceremony, it also takes place at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Keen to know about more sports streaming? Check out our full sports streaming guide here.

Image: commonwealthgames.com.au

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