Six-time Olympic medalist Max Whitlock (pictured) was on hand to help open the main public ticket ballot for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The ballot opens today for ticket sales with Whitlock demonstrating his gymnastics skills at Birmingham landmarks yesterday (7 September) to help celebrate the occasion.
There are more than one million tickets available, with the Games being held in 14 venues across the UK city from 28 July until 8 August next year. The event will feature 19 sports and eight Para sports.
Whitlock, who is also a ten-times Commonwealth Games medalist on top of his three gold medals and three bronze medals at the Olympics, said: “The Commonwealth Games has been a key event in my career so far and to have a game game for Team England on the horizon is fantastic.
“Tokyo was an amazing experience but the chance to compete in from of a home crowd with family, friends and spectators all in attendance will be massively appealing to many of our country’s best athletes.
“It is going to be an incredible Games and Birmingham will be a fantastic host city. I am really looking forward to it.”
The public ballot will run until 30 September with tickets available for 286 sessions across the Games, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
Sports at the Games including swimming, diving, cycling, gymnastics, boxing and athletics among others. There will be some sports making their debut including women’s T20 cricket, basketball 3×3 and wheelchair basketball 3×3.
Chief executive of Birmingham 2022 Ian Reid added: “We have watched in awe at the amazing performances of the athletes that have completed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and these were truly special events but unfortunately many of those athletes had to compete in front of empty stadiums.
“Birmingham 2022 will be different, and we excepted to have full stadiums, with passionate crowds to cheer on the athletes, so if you want to witness sporting greatness and you want to help create an incredible atmosphere for the 4,500 athletes expected to take part in the Games, then now is the time to apply for your tickets.”
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