The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.
The event was first held in 1930 under the title of the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event was renamed as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, the British Commonwealth Games in 1970, and gained its current title in 1978. Only six teams have attended every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Australia has been the highest achieving team for ten games, England for seven and Canada for one.
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The four Home Nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – send separate teams to the Commonwealth Games, and individual teams are also sent from the British Crown dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man (unlike at the Olympic Games, where the combined "Great Britain" team represents all four home nations and the Crown dependencies). Many of the British overseas territories also send their own teams. The Australian external territory of Norfolk Island also sends its own team, as do the Cook Islands and Niue, two states in free association with New Zealand.
There are 17 sports planned for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
* Aquatics (details) * Diving * Swimming * Synchronised swimming * Archery (8) (details) * Athletics (46) (details) * Badminton (6) (details) * Boxing (11) (details) | * Cycling (details) * Road * Track * Gymnastics (details) * Artistic gymnastics * Rhythmic gymnastics * Hockey (2) (details) * Lawn bowls (6) (details) | * Netball (1) (details) * Rugby sevens (1) (details) * Shooting (44) (details) * Squash (5) (details) * Table tennis (7) (details) * Tennis (5) (details) * Weightlifting (15) (details) * Wrestling (21) (details) |
Kabaddi is a demonstration sport at the Games.
Triathlon was excluded from the games as there was no suitable location for the swimming stage. The organisers have also removed basketball, but included archery, tennis and wrestling. Cricket, although in strong demand, did not make a come-back as the Board of Control for Cricket in India were not keen on a Twenty20 tournament, and the organisers did not want a one day tournament.
* Anguilla (12) * Antigua and...