Beach volleyball included in initial sports programme of Commonwealth Games Victoria 2026

Victoria 2026 has proposed Geelong as the location for beach volleyball action

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) recently announced that the 2026 Commonwealth Games will be hosted by the State of Victoria in Australia and confirmed that beach volleyball is among the initial 16 sports on the programme.

Victoria 2026 will be the first ever predominantly regional Commonwealth Games and is set to be staged in March 2026 across multiple cities and regional hubs including Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland. Melbourne will host the Opening Ceremony.

There will be a phased approach in creating the sports programme for Victoria 2026. An initial 16 sports have been put forward for the Games, with further sports to be added later this year. In particular, beach volleyball has been confirmed as one of these initial 16 sports and the proposed location for the competition is the city of Geelong.

Beach volleyball made its debut Commonwealth Games appearance at Gold Coast 2018 where Australia and Canada claimed the event’s first-ever beach volleyball medals.

In the men’s final, Australia’s Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann overcame Canada's Samuel Pedlow and Sam Schachter to take gold in front of a home crowd. However, Canada would go on to get their revenge in the women’s final with Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan besting Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy.

The sport will also feature at this year’s Games which is set to take place from 28 July to 8 August in Birmingham, England.

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