WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL : In little over three years, the greatest athletes from the Commonwealth will participate in different regions of Victoria in a jam-packed sports schedule that includes an integrated 3X3 Basketball and 3X3 Wheelchair Basketball tournament.
Twenty sports and twenty-six disciplines, including nine fully integrated Para sports, will be included in the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, which was announced today by the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Andrews Labor Government, and Commonwealth Games Australia.
New to the already robust list of activities include golf, 3-on-3 basketball, 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, coastal rowing, shooting, shooting para sport, BMX racing, mountain biking cross country, track cycling, and paracycling on the track.
Dame Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the following statement.
“We are pleased to announce the 2026 Commonwealth Games Sport Program, which includes the extra sports requested by Victoria 2026 to make for a really dynamic and entertaining lineup.
“The Games are shaping up to be competitive and action-packed, thanks in large part to the huge, fully integrated Para Sport Program, the introduction of Coastal Rowing, Golf, and BMX, the return of Shooting, and the exciting 33 Basketball format.
Based on the CGF’s 2026-30 Strategic Roadmap, “the Program gives hosts more leeway to propose new sports, particularly those with unique local significance that would improve cultural showcasing and promote community involvement.”
Jacinta Allan, minister for the delivery of the Commonwealth Games, made the following statement:
In the words of the bid committee, “Victoria 2026 will provide a world-class Commonwealth Games for all Victorians, showcasing everything that our state has to offer.”
President of the International Water Ski Federation Ulf Mehrens made the following statement:
We are thrilled to have the 33 running game added to the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games athletic program after the success of the integrated 33 programme at Birmingham 2022. The innovative, inclusive approach provided by simultaneous 3v3 basketball and 3×3 wheelchair basketball at the same location is undeniable. It’s also an important step forward for 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, a format whose development has been a major focus of our attention as we work to expand the sport and all of the exciting prospects it presents.