“Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing the goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire”.
By an article of Astley Cooper in “The Times”, 1891
In 1911, the Festival of the Empire was held in London to celebrate the coronation of King George V. As part of the festival an Inter-Empire Championships was held in which teams from Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom competed in events such as boxing, wrestling, swimming and athletics.
The first Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The name changed to British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, to British Commonwealth Games in 1970 and assumed the current name of the Commonwealth Games in 1978.
“Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 with the motto of Humanity, Equality & Destiny”
At the most recent Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006, over 4000 athletes took part in sporting competitions. There are currently 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, and 71 teams participate in the Games.
There are a total of 31 sports and a further 7 para-sports which are approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Nations that have competed only six teams have attended every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
Australia has been the highest scoring team for ten games, England for seven and Canada for one.
Welcome to Commonwealth Games 2010 at New Delhi, India.
It’s just about time that you get informed about Commonwealth Games 2010 that is to be held in India. Information that will make you a part of the international event the whole world is waiting for. The event that involves the elite of the athletes and the best of the nations.
The 2010 Games also presents an opportunity for India to showcase itself as a sporting and cultural nation and economic power. New Delhi is beaming with pride to host the Commonwealth Games 2010. India’sdistinct culture, where the traditional is successfully combined with the modern, will make the Delhi Games special.
As in the words of Indian sports minister “The colour, costumes, the traditions and heritage will be world class, the public will be welcoming and friendly and the flair of India is what will make the next Games really unique.”
India will be only the third developing country to host the event after Jamaica in 1966 and Malaysia in 1998. This is only the second time the event will be held in Asia. The success of these games may also strengthen India’s bid for 2016 Summer Olympics.
This will be the biggest multi-sport event conducted in the India. In past New Delhi has proudly experienced playing host to the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982 (Asiad).
Preparations are in full swing Sand New Delhi is comfortably meeting all the target dates. Every venue event is getting ready for the important year. The proposed dates for the Games are 3 – 14 October 2010 inclusive of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The Delhi Games Village is to be constructed as a low rise medium development on a 40 acre site in the heart of the capital with a possible capacity for 8,500 athletes and officials. Existing and new stadium will be used to house the following sports:
The culture, infrastructure and sport all will be successfully combined to create yet another memorable experience for Commonwealth Games.
The 2010 Games will be staged in the heart of Delhi itself with existing venues and facilities being given a major facelift that includes construction of new venues like New Delhi games village.
As the commonwealth looks like, the organization is not made to influence any country economically or politically or to practice the strength of one country over the other but it is meant to establish and strengthen a friendly relationship between the member countries to help each others in future.
So, let me explain, in a layman’s language (the way I have learned) what Commonwealth and Commonwealth Games are all about.
The Commonwealth is primarily an organization in which countries with diverse economic backgrounds have an opportunity for close and equal interaction. The primary activities of the Commonwealth are designed to create an atmosphere of economic co-operation between member nations, as well as the promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance in those nations.
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