The Glasgow Commonwealth games will be starting today and some of the most interesting things you must know about Glasgow 2014 are here.
Interesting Things You Must Know about Glasgow 2014
- This will be the 20th Commonwealth Games. The first ever was hosted by Hamilton in Canada when the games were known as the British Empire Games.
- This is the 3rd time Scotland is hosting the Commonwealth Games, previously Edinburgh hosted the 1970 and 1986 games.
- Australia has hosted the most number of Commonwealth Games for 4 times and it is going to host the 5th time as well in 2018 at Gold Coast.
- Approximately 4, 500 athletes will be participating in this edition of the Commonwealth Games. In the first ever Commonwealth Games, only 450 athletes participated.
- Greg Yelavich a shooter from New Zealand may be participating in his 8th Commonwealth Games this time in Glasgow. If he does, then it will be a record.
- Australia is the leading the medal tally with over 2, 000 medals with 803 Gold Medals!! The host nation Scotland has won 356 medals overall.
- Four Commonwealth Nations have won only one medal each.
- The fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt could be the main attraction of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He did not participate in the last two editions though.
- Commonwealth Games often called as ‘Friendly Games’ as well.
- The Queen’s Baton will travel through the Commonwealth Nations for 288 days and will cover more than 118, 000 miles before reaching the Celtic Park in the Glasgow city for the Opening Ceremony.
- The 2014 Commonwealth Games have put a thrust on teamwork and collaboration within and between the Commonwealth Nations.
- In the 2014 Commonwealth Games total 5 sports will run the 22 Para-Sport medal events, which are the highest number of events till date.
- Over 250, 000 students will be benefited from the ‘Game on Scotland’, the official education program set up by the 20th Commonwealth Games.
- Alister Allan is the most successful athlete of the host nation, Scotland. He has won 3 Golds, 3 Silvers and 4 Bronzes.
- Total 50, 811 people applied to become volunteers for the Glasgow 2014.
- Approximately 500,000 pieces of fruits and 60 tonnes of potatoes will be delivered to the Commonwealth Village in Glasgow for the participating athletes.