Victoria 2026: More 3x3 medals up for grabs for Team England in Oz

‘Scintillating’ 3x3 basketball has been included in the action-packed programme of sports for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.  

The fast-paced, short format of the 5v5 game was a fan favourite at Birmingham 2022, where it made its debut and Team England 3x3 men claimed gold and the women silver in front of a packed-out Smithfield arena, and with millions watching at home 

Head of Talent and Performance Steve Bucknall said:  

“This is fantastic and most welcome news. We congratulate the organising committees for including 3x3 in the programme, as it was more than deserving of place following the success of its inclusion at Birmingham 2022.  

“Many people were won over by the format during the five days of competition and are now basketball fans. We are now in a strong position to capitalise on its legacy by creating more opportunities for people to engage with and play basketball at all levels.   

“We are so proud of what our men and women achieved during the summer, and we will look to build on the foundations of their success to defend our men’s title and secure the women’s when we return to Australia in over three years’ time.” 

Champions! Team England men celebrate winning gold in the 3x3 competition

The full programme, which was unveiled today (5 October) by the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Andrews Labor Government and Commonwealth Games Australia will feature 20 sports and 26 disciplines, including nine fully integrated Para sports. 

The sports are:   
  • Aquatics (Swimming, Para Swimming & Diving)
  • Athletics & Para Athletics
  • Badminton
  • 3x3 Basketball, 3x3 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 

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 3x3 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.” 

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