Commonwealth is a unique family of developed and
developing nations, a voluntary association of independent
sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean.
From Africa to Asia, from Pacific shores to the Caribbean,
the Commonwealth's 2 billion people make up 30% of the
world's population and are of many faiths, races,
languages and cultures. The Commonwealth Games is a
unique, friendly, world class, multi-sports Games, which
is held once every four years.
Although there are 53
Commonwealth countries, there are 71 Commonwealth
Games Associations that can enter a team in the
Commonwealth Games. This is because some Commonwealth
countries have more than one CGA. An example of this
is the United Kingdom, which is a single Commonwealth
country, but which has seven CGAs, as England,
Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales all compete in the Games as
The first Commonwealth
Games were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1930.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games were in Melbourne,
Australia. The 2002 Games were in Manchester, England.
The 18th Commonwealth Games were held in the
Australian city of Melbourne in 2006. The Indian city
of Delhi will host the 19th edition of the Games in
A decision on which city
will host the 2014 Games will be taken on the 9th
November 2007 at the CGF General Assembly which will
be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The programme of the
Commonwealth Games shall consist of a maximum of 17
sports, with an option of a minimum 10 sport programme.
These 10 sports are obligatory; athletics, aquatics -
race swimming, badminton, boxing, hockey (men &
women), lawn bowls, rugby 7s (Men), netball (women),
squash and weightlifting. The maximum number of team
sports shall be 4. The host country may, in addition,
be required to include events for athletes with a
disability (EAD) if the CGF in the General Assembly so
The 2010 common wealth
games will be held in Delhi from October 03rd to 14th.
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