We can confirm that Commonwealth Games England has officially informed us that our athlete allocation for the England track and field team at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be 68, in addition to our para-athletes who accept invitations.
In response, Kelly Sotherton, Team Leader for the England track and field team at Birmingham 2022, has said:
“Clearly, we would love to take the largest possible England track and field team to Birmingham 2022 as a ‘home’ Commonwealth Games. We recognise that the size of Team England is decided by the Commonwealth Games Federation, therefore, we will continue to work with Commonwealth Games England as there may be the potential to increase the number of athlete places as we get closer to the Games. We will keep our athletes, coaches and the wider sport updated with any developments.
“Every invitation from our para-athletes to compete next year will be accepted, meaning we could potentially have a 36-strong team which is incredibly exciting.
“Regardless of how many track and field athletes and para-athletes represent Team England in 2022, the staff at England Athletics will be doing everything we can to support them in achieving their best and ensure their experience of competing at a ‘home’ Games will stay with them forever, whilst exciting the nation and inspiring a future generation of athletes and para-athletes.”