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The Commonwealth Games have a big history behind it. It is one of the most respected sports event of the year. In this article you will know all about Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games

Brief Information of Commonwealth Games

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The Commonwealth Games which was originally known s the British Empire Games from the year 1930 to 1950 and the British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974 is an international sporting event which involves the former British colonial nations, now known as Commonwealth Nations and it is organized every four years. Due to the Second World War, the 1942 and 1946 games were canceled. The Commonwealth Games has a distinction to be the third largest games of the world after the Olympics and the Asian Games. The Commonwealth Games are regulated by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) which has its headquarters in London. It also selects the host cities of the games. Lawn Bowls and Netballs are the only two sports which one can find in Commonwealth Games. Only 6 countries like England, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Wales and Canada participate in these two events.

The Structure of Commonwealth Games

Although there are 53 nations who are part of the Commonwealth total 71 teams normally participate in the Commonwealth Games as they are Crown dependencies, British Overseas territories plus the four British nations, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland send their separate teams. The Commonwealth Games are fondly called ‘CG’ and its motto is “Humanity-Equality-Destiny”. The current President of the Commonwealth Games is His Royal Highness the Prince Tunku Imran of Seremban, Malaysia.

Commonwealth Games till Now

  1. Hamilton (Canada) – 1930
  2. London (England) – 1934
  3. Sydney (Australia) – 1938
  4. Auckland (New Zealand) – 1950
  5. Vancouver (Canada) – 1954
  6. Cardiff (Wales) – 1958
  7. Perth (Australia) – 1962
  8. Kingston (Jamaica) – 1966
  9. Edinburgh (Scotland) – 1970
  10. Christchurch (New Zealand) – 1974
  11. Edmonton (Canada) – 1978
  12. Brisbane (Australia) – 1982
  13. Edinburgh (Scotland) – 1986
  14. Auckland (New Zealand) – 1990
  15. Victoria (Canada) – 1994
  16. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – 1998
  17. Manchester (England) – 2002
  18. Melbourne (Australia) – 2006
  19. Delhi (India) – 2010
  20. Glasgow (Scotland) – 2014
  21. Gold Coast (Australia) – 2018

Upcoming Commonwealth Games

  1. Edmonton (Canada) OR Durban (South Africa) – 2022

Leading Medal Winning Nations at the Commonwealth Games

Here are the top 10 medal winning nations at the Commonwealth Games (Gold – Silver – Bronze – Total)

  1. Australia (932 – 774 – 709 – 2415)
  2. England (714 – 715 – 715 – 2144)
  3. Canada (484 – 516 – 555 – 1555)
  4. India (181 – 175 – 148 – 504)
  5. New Zealand (158 – 219 – 277 – 654)
  6. South Africa (130 – 123 – 136 – 389)
  7. Scotland (119 – 132 – 200 – 451)
  8. Kenya (85 – 75 – 77 – 237)
  9. Nigeria (70 – 75 – 91 – 236)
  10. Wales (67 – 98 – 141 – 306)

Commonwealth Games Sports

  • Archer
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Lawn bowls
  • Life Saving
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby league
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ten-Pin Bowling
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

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