Commonwealth Games 2022 Highlights, Day 11 Schedule of India: P V Sindhu and young gun Lakshya Sen lived up expectations by grabbing gold medals as India swept the singles badminton competition while star doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the country’s third gold from the badminton court with straight-game victory over England’s Ben Lane and Sean Mendy at the Commonwealth Games.
In table tennis, Sharath Kamal extended his domination at the Commonwealth Games by winning the gold medal in men’s singles event, thrashing England’s Liam Pitchford 4-1 in the final while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran came away with the Bronze. It was heartbreak for the men’s hockey team, however, when they lost to a marauding Australia team 0-7 and had to settle for silver.
India ended their medal tally at 61, which includes 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze and finished 4th in the overall table.
The final act of the night is Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. The crowd goes absolutely ballistic for the iconic singer and the band. Ozzy performs ‘Paranoid’ alongside guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Tommy Clufetos and bassist Adam Wakeman.
His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex is bringing the Birmingham 2022 to a close in a speech to be delivered at the Closing Ceremony.
The state of Victoria, Australia will be the next host of the Commonwealth Games in 2026. We now see the Flag Handover Ceremony, which signifies the official handover of the Commonwealth Games from Birmingham to Victoria, where in March 2026, it will deliver the first true multi-city Commonwealth Games in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland.
There we go.
The Commonwealth Flag has been lowered, and handed over to Team Australia, signifying the end of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games@CommGamesAUS #BIRMINGHAM #Birmingham2022 pic.twitter.com/aeNjw4V071
It’s time to hand over the flag to Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest associations of countries, and the Games has a century-long tradition of celebrating friendship through sport and youth. The flag, a proud symbol of that friendship, was raised at Alexander Stadium during the Opening Ceremony.
It’s been spouted throughout Birmingham 2022, but the message is a lasting one. As reinstated by President of the Games Federation, Dame Martin: “Sport is just the beginning.” John Crabtree OBE thanks volunteers, athletes and the people from the City of Birmingham. The work to make the Games truly a “Games For All”, begins after this Closing Ceremony.
Razza, Mahalia, Jaykae and Ash perform a marathon performance, telling their truths through song. A performance to inspire, and to showcase how powerful togetherness can be, and inspire the young to make sure their voice is also heard.
We now enter Rum Runner, Birmingham’s famous nightclub, where people could express themselves freely. Tallulah-Eve Brown, the first-ever transgender contestant on Britain’s Next Top Model. leads the celebrations.
Enter The Peaky Blinders, the epic TV show about the city’s most notorious gang. Ballet Dance company Rambert pay tribute to the most famous gangsters of Small Heath and one of Birmingham’s most recent success stories!
A tribute to one of Birmingham’s major global exports of the past decade… Enter The Peaky Blinders, the epic TV show about the city’s most notorious gang. Ballet Dance company Rambert pay tribute to the most famous gangsters of Small Heath and one of Birmingham’s most recent success stories!
Mundian to Bach Ke: this was the first ever Bhangra song to reach the UK top 10 in 2002!
Absolutely in love with the #ClosingCeremony of the #CommonwealthGames2022 .. this is diversity at its finest..I will miss the games..A fantastic 2 weeks come to an end..I’ve never felt so proud to a be a Brummie! #Birmingham2022 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/raf589yyOU
Named after the Unemployment Benefit Form no.40, UB40 are the next music act to emerge, performing their hit track ‘Red Red Wine.’
Apache Indian is on stage. Meanwhile, Andrew on social media says: “Here I am watching the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games where they are showcasing music from Birmingham waiting to see where Black Sabbath or Napalm Death come in….”
You can download and listen to all the music from tonight’s Closing Ceremony on Spotify.
Time for the flagbearers to come out one by one! Australia are up first
#Birmingham you are fabulous! What a fantastic Commonwealth games for our city and region. You have done us proud. Closing ceremony gets off to a great start! #ClosingCeremony #B2022 pic.twitter.com/eICl47hmUC
Some goodie bags from @victoriacg2026 being given to VIPs.
Sticker says “Next stop Australia – Victoria 2026” #B2022 #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/WLgHWRoyrl
Birmingham-born band Dexys have entered the fray, performing their hit ‘Come on Eileen’. Come On Eileen reached number one and stayed there for four weeks, becoming the best-selling single of 1982.
🤩Here come @DexysOfficial!
Did you know that ‘Come on Eileen’ was the biggest selling single of 1982 in the UK, topping the charts in Britain and America?#B2022 #CommonwealthGames pic.twitter.com/lRlHqTrXK1
Birmingham was the third most bombed City during World War Two – but from the rubble came hope. To the soundtrack of 100 Mile High City from Solihull band Ocean Colour Scene, we see the city recovering from the ruins….
The 2022 Commonwealth Games is drawing to a close as Birmingham ends its 12-day sporting extravaganza with an impressive line-up of performances. West Midlands artists UB40, Jorja Smith and Dexys Midnight Runners are some of the musical performances in line for tonight
Crowds waiting for the closing ceremony to commence #CommonwealthGames pic.twitter.com/Dyni4a5QmN
We didn’t win Gold. I know what happened, we know what happened, even you know what happened.
‘Thank you for your valuable advices 🙏
Still..This team had a wonderful journey through out the tournament.
We deserve to celebrate this silver.
Thank you all 🙏#silver pic.twitter.com/yo6zdgFxX9
Shivani Naik is trotting around Brummie land in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. As the Brummies say, her features are ‘bosting’ (brilliant!). As ever, some incredible stories are pouring in from the lives of inspirational athletes to how they do what they do in their sport. Did you know how a girl born in China landed up in Canada to become a gold medallist? Or the hysteria around Mirabai Chanu at the Games. Watch the CWG drama unfold through Shivani’s eyes and wisdom by clicking here.
Meanwhile, in Chennai, wizards of Chess from all over the world have gathered for the Chess Olympiad. From Magnus Carlsen, who walked in like a deity, to hometown’s love R Praggnanandhaa, everyone is there. Also present is our own Sandip G, weaving poetic-prose with insights on some amazing life stories of players and tactical game play. He doesn’t miss a beat, so that you don’t miss the significance of any move. Please click here for Sandip G’s stories.