20th Commonwealth Games

Tonight sees the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games and Glasgow is hoping that it will be the best games yet. 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries. 17 sports from Aquatics to Wrestling including Netball, Squash and Lawn Bowls.

The home nations get to complete as individual countries, so athletes whom are usually teammates become rivals.

The first games took place in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada, when they were known as The British Empire Games. 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events.

Team sports have only been allowed since 1998 when the games were in held Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is great for sports such as Hockey and more importantly, Netball, which isn’t yet an Olympic Sport.

Edinburgh hosted the Games in 1970 and 1986. The 2002 Games in Manchester saw for the first time full medal events for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) in a fully-inclusive sports programme. This will be continued at Glasgow 2014.  Australia and Canada have hosted the most games, with 4 a piece, with Australia’s Gold Coast hosting the next Games in 2018.

Bring on the games!

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