Thursday, July 24, 2014

Commonwealth Games

This year would be the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games. It first started in 1930 and has been going on every 4 years. It first took place in Hamilton, Canada. There were no games in 1942 to 1946 due to the aftermath of WW2. Before it was called the ‘Commonwealth Games’ it was originally called ‘The British Empire Games’  

Scotland has previously hosted the event twice, in 1970 and 1986. Did you know that Australia leads the way with 803 medals. Scotland won 9 Gold Medal in New Delhi in 2010. There were two countries for all Commonwealth games except in 1994 when they finished 3rd and it was Canada. There are ten core sports in the Commonwealth Games and they are, Badminton, Netball, Rugby 7’s, Athletics, Boxing, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Squash, Swimming, Weight Lifting.

Also the Commonwealth Games first started with a priest who wanted all of the nations from Europe to compete in a friendly matter. That’s why the meaning of it mean the ‘Friendly Games’.

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