Gold Coast 2018

04-15 APRIL

If Australia is a top destination for sport, then Queensland’s Gold Coast City is the absolute summit. A natural sporting playground and one of the world’s most scenic beach cities, Gold Coast offers endless sandy vistas, a vibrant party atmosphere and in 2018 will host the Commonwealth Games in a range of new and existing world-class venues.

From 4-15 April 2018, Gold Coast’s Carrara Stadium will be the venue for athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies. Nearby Southport Broadwater will host Swimming and Diving, while Labrador will host Hockey and the brand new Coomera Indoor Sports Centre will host Netball finals and Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Robina Stadium will host Rugby Sevens, while squash, boxing and table tennis will be held at Oxenford. Brisbane will host the shooting and cycling. There will be four free events held during GC2018, the Road Cycling, Cycling Time Trial, the Marathon and Race Walk.

The Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April will demonstrate just how committed the Commonwealth Sports Movement is to ensuring that the benefits of the Games stretch beyond the thrilling impact of 11 days of sport. It’s why Gold Coast 2018 will be the first Mega Sporting Event in Australia with a Reconciliation Action Plan, why Festival 2018 will celebrate showcase the diverse and dynamic cultures of the Commonwealth, and why it will be the first multi-sport event in the world to create a truly level playing-field of gender equality – with an exactly equal number of medal opportunities for men and women.

With 6,500 athletes and officials from every corner of the Commonwealth, it will be an inspiring and inclusive festival of community, culture and sport. It will be a loud, proud celebration of today’s modern Commonwealth.

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Gold Coast 2018 will feature 18 sports: Aquatics (Swimming and Diving), Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (Mountain, Road and Track), Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic), Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball (Beach), Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Integrated para-sport competitions are also scheduled for the Games in nine sports across 38 events, the largest programme ever. Para-triathlon will be held for the first time as will the first-ever wheelchair marathon.

On 7 October 2016, it was announced seven new events for women were added to the sport program, meaning there will be an equal number of events for men and women. This marks the first time in history that a major multi-sport event will have equality in terms of events. In total 275 events in 18 sports will be contested.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games was awarded to Queensland’s Gold Coast after a decision by the 70 nations and territories in attendance at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis on Friday 11th November 2011. The voting was 43 to 27. Gold Coast faced a tough battle from Hambantota for the right to follow Glasgow 2014 and host the 21st Commonwealth Games in its 88th year.

CGF President the Hon. Michael Fennell said: "My sincere congratulations to Gold Coast - theirs was a fantastic bid and they are a very, very worthy winner. Hambantota was also a very strong bid, and we have a duty to take the Games to new places, but the bid needs to be the right thing for the Commonwealth Games movement at the right time. This time Gold Coast was successful, but I hope Hambantota consider bidding again - their team were wonderful."

The Gold Coast and Hambantota formally started the race to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games after lodging their bids with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday 11th May 2011.

Speaking at the ceremony, CGF Vice President, HRH Tunku Imran (standing in for the CGF President Mike Fennell) thanked both candidate cities for their commitment to the Commonwealth Games movement. "Over the last two years we have seen both the Gold Coast and Hambantota work towards this day and develop not only their bid books but also an understanding of what responsibilities lay ahead for them and what the Commonwealth Games mean to the people of the Commonwealth."

"The race for the 2018 Games presents an intriguing choice for our members. Each city would make a worthy host and would continue to build the international profile and brand of the Commonwealth Games as one of the most popular and enduring world-class events on the international sporting calendar. Today's presentations mark only the start of the selection process for 2018. Now that the candidature files have been formally lodged with the CGF, an extensive evaluation process will get underway, beginning with an analysis of the technical aspects of each city's bid documents."

"This will include site visits to each city by our Evaluation Committee with the final decision to be taken by our member nations at the CGF's General Assembly in St Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean on 11th November later this year, when responsibility for both upholding the great traditions of the 'Friendly Games' as well as taking the movement into the future will be passed on to either the Gold Coast or Hambantota."

"It is not just about what each candidate city will offer over 11 days on and off the field of play in 2018, it is also about ensuring that we continue to celebrate the diversities within the Commonwealth, making sure that sport offers our youth a chance for betterment, and its about all stakeholders working together, with the Games as a catalyst, for a better understanding of each other and for peace."

The responsibility for selecting the host city for 2018 rests with the 71 member Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs). Each CGA is entitled to one vote. After the votes have been cast and verified by independent scrutiners, the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation announces the decision to the Assembly and the people of the Commonwealth.

To guide the Candidate Cities through the bidding process the CGF developed a Candidate City Manual. The manual in conjunction with other CGF documents establishes the legal, financial and technical obligations of each candidate city (and host city) and also outlines the procedures, rules and timelines for bidding.

Click on the relevant links below to view the CGF Evaluation Commission Report, Candidate City files and the Candidate City Manual.


In the event that you are selected for a doping control during the XXI Commonwealth Games (the Games), you will be asked to sign a Doping Control Form to confirm that the relevant parties can process your Doping Control Related Data.  This notice supplements the information on the Doping Control Form explaining how your Doping Control Related Data will be used and processed in the context of an anti-doping programme designed to detect, deter and prevent doping, in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), and in particular the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (the CGF-ADS). Similar requirements apply to the submission of a Therapeutic Use Exemption Application Form and Athlete Whereabouts Information to the CGF. 



We collect or have access to information about:

  • Data relating to your whereabouts during the In-Games period (e.g., training, competitions, travel, periods spent at home), including where relevant, each time you elect to use the “auto-location” reporting button on the ADAMS app, information about your mobile device’s location;
  • If relevant, your unique ADAMS profile including data relating to your identity (name, nationality, date of birth, gender, sport(s) and discipline(s) you compete in, organizations and/or sports federations to which you belong. 
  • Data relating to test distribution planning (for the testing pools in which you are included); 
  • Data relating to your Therapeutic Use Exemptions, if any;
  • Data relating to Doping Control (test distribution planning, Sample collection and handling, laboratory analysis, results management, hearings and appeals); and
  • Data relating to the Athlete Biological Passport.
  • Data contained in your laboratory analysis results. These include: detection of a prohibited substance, its metabolites or markers or any evidence of use of a prohibited method identified on the Prohibited List; detection of the presence of other substances not included in the Prohibited List, as may be directed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) pursuant to the monitoring programme described in Article 4.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code); longitudinal profiles; or results from other tests that may be developed in future to identify the presence of prohibited substances. 



Your doping control-related data will be used to further the legitimate interests of harmonized, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes for detection, deterrence and prevention of doping. This includes, for example, the planning, targeting, coordination and organisation of anti-doping tests during the Games, the analysis of samples, the creation of a blood passport, the evaluation and granting of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE), the conduct of hearings and appeals, and the publication of sanctions. Where the information we collect is your health data, we will initially process the data on the basis of your consent. In some circumstances, we will be able to rely on a different legal ground to hold this data, such as the establishment of legal claims.

Some personal information related to you will be used and processed by us through the anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS), a web-based data management system developed and administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in its role as central clearinghouse for anti-doping information.

ADAMS may be used for scheduling In- and Out-of-Competition doping tests and managing related information, including TUEs, information related to athlete whereabouts, information about the results of anti-doping tests, and sanctions-related information relevant to individual athletes.

WADA relies upon ADAMS to fulfil its responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), including the performance of Out-of-Competition Testing, the review of TUEs, and its implication on anti-doping rule violation procedures

Where you have given your consent, we may add information relating to your sample to information collected for research purposes. This information will be anonymised, and will be used to undertake anti-doping research in the pursuit of enhancing the analytical capabilities used to uphold clean sport.



The data which you provide in connection with any anti-doping procedure relating to your participation in the Games will be collected by Gold Coast 2018 (or the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority - ASADA) on behalf of the CGF. The CGF shall be principally responsible for ensuring the protection of your Doping Control Related Data and, for the purposes of English law, is the data controller for the processing of your results and any ongoing use of those results. ASADA shall be responsible for the collection and processing of your sample – for more information on ASADA's use of your information, please contact ASADA



Your Doping Control Related Data may be processed and managed through the ADAMS data management system, which is a web-based database management system set up by WADA. The ADAMS servers are located in Canada and ADAMS is protected by a security system that complies with the highest data protection standards. The CGF may use ADAMS to disclose your Doping Control Related Data to relevant authorities as appropriate and as described in more detail below.



WADA, Anti-Doping Organisations and WADA Accredited Laboratories will process your Doping Control Related Data for the purpose of ensuring harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programme in sport.

Your Doping Control Related Data will be made available to WADA and to certain authorised Anti-Doping Organisations (for example your International Federation and National Anti-Doping Organisation) in accordance with the Code. Some organisations may be located outside the country where you reside or provided your sample, for example Switzerland and Canada. These organisations will be able to process your data for their own purposes in accordance with the Code, CGF-ADS, anti-doping rules and/or relevant data protection laws which might not be equivalent to those in your own country.

Your Doping Control Related Data may also be shared with your Commonwealth Games Association, and WADA Independent Observers may have access to certain data as part of their review, on a confidential basis.

WADA Accredited Laboratories will receive samples but will only have access to anonymous, coded data that will not disclose your identity.

In the event that the CGF or another Anti-Doping Organisation asserts that you have committed an anti-doping rule violation, your identity may be made public in accordance with the Code and CGF-ADS. The outcome of any results management process, including any appeals may also be publicly disclosed. 

Your data will not be used for research purposes unless you have provided specific consent on your doping control form. All samples used for anti-doping research purposes will be anonymised.



You may be entitled to ask the CGF or WADA  for a copy of your information, to correct it, erase or restrict its processing, or to ask us to transfer some of this information to other organisations. You may also have rights to object to some processing, and, where we have asked for your consent to process your data, to withdraw this consent. These rights may be limited in some situations – for example, where we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to process your data. In some instances, this may mean that we are able to retain data even if you withdraw your consent. You may also wish to consult the WADA International Standard for Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (available for download at the foot of this page). 

Where we require personal data to perform our functions under the Code, including the collection of information on a Doping Control Form, then provision of such data is mandatory: if you fail to provide information you are obliged to provide under the Code then this may itself be an anti-doping violation.  In all other cases, provision of requested personal data is optional and will not have consequences if provision is refused. 

We hope that we can satisfy queries you may have about the way we process your data. If you have any concerns about how we process your data, you can contact our data protection officer at e: - CGF, Commonwealth House, 55-58 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JH. You can also directly access and review certain information relating to you in your single athlete profile within ADAMS.

If you have unresolved concerns you also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. 



In the event that you no longer wish to participate in the Games, you acknowledge that the CGF, Gold Coast 2018 and WADA and certain other Anti-Doping Organisations will retain certain rights and obligations in respect of your Doping Control Related Data, in accordance with the Code, CGF-ADS and data protection laws.

You understand that your participation in the Games is contingent upon your voluntary participation in anti-doping procedures set out in the Code and the CGF-ADS, including the processing of your Doping Control Related Data.  Any withdrawal of consent to sharing your Doping Control Related Data may be construed as a refusal to participate in the anti-doping procedures and could result in your exclusion from further participation in the Games and/or other organised sporting events and/or disciplinary or other sanctions such as disqualification of results. 

You understand that despite any withdrawal of consent to the processing of your Doping Control Related Data, the CGF, Gold Coast 2018 and/or other Anti-Doping Organisations may still need to process such data to fulfil obligations under the Code, CGF-ADS or under applicable law. 



Your Doping Control Related Data may be retained in ADAMS for as long as necessary for the relevant Anti-Doping Organisations to fulfil their obligations under the Code; in most cases this will be either 18 months (in respect of whereabouts-related information) or 10 years for information relevant to other breaches of the CGF-ADS.



Your doping control-related data may be made available to persons or parties, including WADA and Anti-Doping Organisations, located outside the country where you reside, including Switzerland and Canada. In some other countries, data protection and privacy laws may not be equivalent to those in your own country.

Download WADA's International Standard on the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information

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