10 Commonwealth Games Facts

Commonwwealth Games Facts

With the Commonwealth Games coming just how many facts about the games do you know?

Many people may not know the fact about Commonwealth Games listed below.

FACT 1: DO YOU KNOW THAT SCOTLAND HAS HOSTED COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from the 23rd of July to the 3rd of August. This is not the first time Scotland is lucky to hold this multi-sport event as it has been a host in the year 1970 and 1986, when Edinburgh held the 1986’s 9th edition of the commonwealth Games and the same city hosted the 1986’s 13th edition of the Commonwealth Games. For the third time since 1970, Glasgow will host the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.

FACT 2: DO YOU KNOW THAT THE BRITISH EMPIRE NATIONS FIRST ATTEMPTED TO HAVE A COMMON SPORT IN 1911?

In 1911, a British Empire Inter colonies and territory championship was held in England. This can be said to have been the first Commonwealth Games as it was planned to have British Empire territories and colonies participate and compete for medals. This forerunner of the Today’s Commonwealth Games was held in London.

The games were to celebrate the Festival of the Empire during King George V coronation. These championships were held in the Crystal Place in London, England. These games had five participating nations; with the New Zealand and Australia having a combined team known as Australasia, United Kingdom also participated and so were Canada and South Africa.

The competing teams participated in five athletics events, two swimming events, one boxing event and one wrestling event.

FACT 3: COMMONWEALTH GAMES STARTED IN 1930.

Yep, the first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930, this is the same year that FIFA World Cup was first held in Uruguay. It’s like 1930 was great year for sports as 2 of the most important global sporting events were first held. This year would mark the beginning of multi-sport games that would forever be enjoyed by Former and present British Empire nations and territories.

The 1930 Commonwealth Games were held in Canada and the host City was Ontario, actually in the province of Hamilton. The games took only 8 days; from the 26th of August to the 23rd of August. In this first Commonwealth Games of 1930, competitors from 11 nations, all under British Rule competed in 6 of the following events athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming, and wrestling. Opened by then the Governor of Canada Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas and the 1st Marquess of Willingdon, the games saw England lead on the medal table with 25 gold medals and a total of 60 Medals.

FACT 4: DO YOU KNOW THAT THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH GAMES VENEUE IS KNOWN AS IVOR WYNNE STADIUM

In the 1930 Commonwealth games, the main venue that even held the first ever Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is the today’s Ivor Wynne Stadium. Back then the stadium was known as Civic Stadium. This was the first stadium that was built to serve as Commonwealth Games venue and its construction started in 1928. It would remain known as

Until it was rebuilt between 1970 and 1971, it would be known as Civic Stadium and renamed in 1971 to honour of Ivor Wynne who had passed on in 1970.

Other venues for the 1930 Commonwealth Games were Jimmy Thompson Memorial Pool; the venue for the aquatics sports and the Prince of Wales School which was the accommodation venues for participants.

FACT 5: DO YOU KNOW THERE WERE NO COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN THE 1942 AND 1946?

Since the inception of the 1930 Commonwealth Games, two editions of the games would be held after every 4 years; 1934 and 1938, but with the Second World War that started in 1939, the games would not take place in 1942 and 1946. If the Commonwealth games had taken place in those two years then the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games would have been the 22nd edition. Truly, war changes the course of history as it did with the Commonwealth Games.

FACT 6: DO YOU KNOW THAT COMMONWEALTH GAMES HAVE CHANGED NAMES FOUR TIMES?

When the Commonwealth Games started in 1930, they were known as British Empire Games. This name would be used to describe the games in the 1930, 1934, 1938 and the 1950 games. After the 1950 Commonwealth games held in New Zealand, Auckland, the next games for the 1954,held in Canada, Vancouver, a new name; British Empire and Commonwealth Games would be adopted. This new name would used in the next four edition of the Commonwealth Games. The 4 editions are the 1954, the 1958 Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff, Wales, the 1962 Commonwealth Games held in Perth Australia and lastly the name would be used in the 1966 Jamaica, Kingston Commonwealth Games. When four years later the games are held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1970, a new name; British Commonwealth Games was adopted. This new name of the British Commonwealth Games only used in the next edition of the 1974 Christchurch, New Zealand and the current name was adopted in the 1978 Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Canada in 1978.

FACT 7: DO YOU KNOW THAT THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE COMMONWEALTH GAMES ARE HELD BETWEEN THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST, WHILE GAMES HELD IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ARE HELD FROM NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY

Commonwealth games are usually held in the months from July, August, September and October in the northern part of equator, while in the south of Equator; Southern Hemisphere, Commonwealth Games that have been held in the months of September, October, November, December, January, February and March. See the host table below.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE HOSTS
 
 
 
 
HOST CITY
COUNTRY
YEAR
DATES
GAMES EDITION
Sydney
Australia
1938
February 5th-February 12th
3RD
Auckland
New Zealand
1950
February 4th-February 11th
4TH
Perth
Australia
1962
November 22nd-December 1st
7TH
Christchurch
New Zealand
1974
January 24th-February 2nd
10TH
Brisbane
Australia
1982
September 30th - October 9th
12TH
Auckland
New Zealand
1990
January 24th-February 3rd
14TH
Melbourne
Australia
2006
March 15-March 26
18TH
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE HOSTS
 
 
 
 
Hamilton
Canada
1930
August 16th-August 23rd
1ST
London
England
1934
August 4th - August 11th
2ND
Vancouver
Canada
1954
July 30th-August 7th
5TH
Cardiff
Wales
1958
July 18th-July 26th
6TH
Kingston
Jamaica
1966
August 4th - August 13th
8TH
Edinburgh
Scotland
1970
August 16th-August 25th
9TH
Edmonton
Canada
1978
August 3rd - August 12th
11TH
Edinburgh
Scotland
1986
July 24th- August 2nd
13TH
Victoria
Canada
1994
August 18th - August 28th
15TH
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
1998
Seotember 11th - September 21st
16TH
Manchester
England
2002
July 25th - August 4th
17TH
Delhi
India
2010
October 3rd-October 14th
19TH
Glasgow
Scotland
2014
July 23rd- August 3rd
20TH

FACT 8: DO YOU KNOW THAT COMMONWEALTH GAMES HAVE BEEN HELD IN NORTH AMERICA, CARIBBEANS, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, EUROPE AND ASIA AND NEVER IN AFRICA?

The table below shows the host countries of the Commonwealth Games by continent

YEAR
HOST COUNTRY
HOST CONTINENT
1930
Canada
The Americas
1934
England
Europe
1938
Australia
Australia and Oceania
1950
New Zealand
Australia and Oceania
1954
Canada
The Americas
1958
Wales
Europe
1962
Australia
Australia and Oceania
1966
Jamaica
The Americas
1970
Scotland
Europe
1974
New Zealand
Australia and Oceania
1978
Canada
The Americas
1982
Australia
Australia and Oceania
1986
Scotland
Europe
1990
New Zealand
Australia and Oceania
1994
Canada
The Americas
1998
Malaysia
Asia
2002
England
Europe
2006
Australia
Australia and Oceania
2010
India
Asia
2014
Scotland
Europe

FACT 9: DO YOU KNOW THAT THE 2002 MANCHESTER COMMONWEALTH GAMES RECORDED THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING NATIONS, WHILE 2010 DELHI GAMES HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL COMPETITORS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAMES?

The table below is good proof of the number of attendants in all 19th editions of the Commonwealth Games. The Manchester Commonwealth Games of the participating nations, though it had a lower number of individual participants. The Commonwealth Games that had the highest number of participants is the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi India which had 6700 individual competitors.

GAMES NAME
YEAR
EDITION
HOST CITY
HOST COUNTRY
NUMBER OF SPORTS
NUMBER OF EVENT
NUMBER OF PARTCICIPATING MATIONS
NUMBER OF COMPETITORS
Britsih Empire Games
1930
1st
Hamilton
Canada
6
59
11
400
Britsih Empire Games
1934
2nd
London
England
6
68
16
500
Britsih Empire Games
1938
3rd
Sydney
Australia
7
71
15
464
Britsih Empire Games
1950
4th
Auckland
New Zealand
9
88
12
590
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
1954
5th
Vancouver
Canada
9
91
24
662
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
1958
6th
Cardiff
Wales
9
94
36
1122
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
1962
7th
Perth
Australia
9
104
35
863
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
1966
8th
Kingston
Jamaica
9
110
34
1050
British Commonwealth Games
1970
9th
Edinburgh
Scotland
9
121
42
1383
British Commonwealth Games
1974
10th
Christchurch
New Zealand
9
121
38
1276
Commonwealth Games
1978
11th
Edmonton
Canada
10
128
46
1474
Commonwealth Games
1982
12th
Brisbane
Australia
10
142
46
1583
Commonwealth Games
1986
13th
Edinburgh
Scotland
10
163
26
1662
Commonwealth Games
1990
14th
Auckland
New Zealand
10
204
55
2073
Commonwealth Games
1994
15th
Victoria
Canada
10
217
63
2557
Commonwealth Games
1998
16th
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
15
213
70
3633
Commonwealth Games
2002
17th
Manchester
England
171
281
72
3679
Commonwealth Games
2006
18th
Melbourne
Australia
162
245
71
4049
Commonwealth Games
2010
19th
Delhi
India
173
272
71
6700
Commonwealth Games
2014
20th
Glasgow
Scotland
174
261
70
TBC

FACT 10: DO YOU KNOW AUSTRALIA HAS BEEN TOP PLACED TEAM 12 TIMES FOLLOWED BY ENGLAND 6 TIMES WHILE CANADA HAS BEEN TOP PLACED ONLY ONCE?

Australia has won the Commonwealth Games overall title for 12 times of the 19th editions of the games. The other nations that have won most medals are England which have won 6 times and Canada, which have won most medals only once in the 1978, Edmonton Commonwealth Games. Australia was the overall winner in all the Commonwealth Games held in Southern Hemisphere, see the host tables below. England became the overall winner with the highest number of medals in 6 Commonwealth Games editions out of the 13 editions held in Northern Hemisphere.

YEAR
OVERALL WINNER
1954
England
1958
England
1962
Australia
1966
England
1970
Australia
1974
Australia
1978
Canada
1982
Australia
1986
England
1990
Australia
1994
Australia
1998
Australia
2002
Australia
2006
Australia
2010
Australia

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