Royal Mail today revealed images of a new set of eight dynamic illustrated stamps being issued to mark the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Designed by artist Charis Tsevis, the vivid images feature illustrations of both male and female athletes competing in a selection of sports and para sports: Aquatics – Diving; Boxing; Para Table Tennis; Para Powerlifting; Gymnastics – Artistic; Cycling – Mountain Bike; Athletics; and Wheelchair Basketball 3×3.
Royal Mail collaborated closely with Birmingham 2022 on all elements of the stamps and associated product range.
Birmingham 2022 will mark two significant milestones in Commonwealth Games history: the first time a major multi-sport event will award more medals to women than men and the staging of the largest fully integrated para sport programme to date.
Held in Birmingham and the West Midlands for the first time, Birmingham 2022 features 19 sports and eight para sports, with 72 nations and territories coming together to compete in 280 medal events.
The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games, a mass celebration of sport throughout the Commonwealth dating back to 1930, takes place between 28 July and 8 August 2022.
Royal Mail has a rich history of issuing stamps to mark the Commonwealth Games being held in the UK. The company has commemorated the British Empire Games 1925, Cardiff 1958, Edinburgh 1970, Edinburgh 1986, Manchester 2002 and most recently, Glasgow 2014, with Special Stamps as lasting souvenirs of the event for collectors and fans.
David Gold, Director External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail is delighted to be issuing these Special Stamps for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest multi-sport competitions in the world and it’s fantastic to have the event take place in the UK. These colourful Special Stamps will be our lasting reminder of the occasion.”
Ian Reid, CEO at Birmingham 2022, said: “These very special stamps will be a perfect reminder of the excitement and thrill people will have by being part of Birmingham 2022. The commemorative sets are a wonderful way to celebrate the Games and for the whole country to get involved in Birmingham 2022 and our festival of sport and culture!”
David Leather, CEO of CGF Partnerships, said: “We are proud that the CGF and Birmingham 2022 have been able to work with Royal Mail to produce these Special Stamps to mark the occasion for the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games. It is fantastic to see the rich history of the Royal Mail and the Commonwealth Games continue for Birmingham 2022, as well as offering fans the opportunity to recall wonderful moments and carry memories of each Commonwealth Games.”
About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region and its people on the global stage.
The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration.
Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022.
Find out more at www.birmingham2022.com