17 Things You Need To Know About the Commonwealth Games

With the culmination of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we couldn’t let it go without highlighting some facts about it. After all, we love to learn important facts about it.

Historical Background

1. The Commonwealth Games is also called the Friendly Games.

2. It is a quadrennial international multi-sport event

3. First held in Hamilton Canada in 1930

4. The previous names of the Commonwealth Games were:

  • British Empire Games (1930-1950)
  • The British Empire and Commonwealth Games (1954-1966)
  • British Commonwealth Games (1970-1974)

5. Since 2002, athletes with a disability are included as full members of national teams

6. Melville Marks Robinson, a Canadian journalist and sports executive, founded the British Empire Games

7. There are 56 members of the Commonwealth Nations, but there are 72 Commonwealth Games Associations (a national sports council responsible for organising, supporting and overseeing their national team), which are divided into six regions namely; Africa, Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

8. Only six nations have participated in every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales

9. Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, was supposed to host the 1934 British Empire Games. When South Africa’s pre-apartheid government refused to allow participants in colour, the games were moved to London.

10. The Games are considered to have three key values: humanity, quality and destiny

The 2022 Commonwealth Games

11. Held in the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom from 28 July to 8 August. It is its first hosting.

12. The 2022 Commonwealth Games was the seventh time a UK city was hosting.

13. New game addition includes women’s cricket, mixed synchronized diving, and 3x3 basketball (a variation of basketball featuring three players instead of five and one 'substitute' who can enter the game anytime during a dead ball situation by tagging an outgoing player)

14. Like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games has sportspersons competing across various disciplines.

15. The Queen’s Baton Relay is the Commonwealth Games ritual. As part of the traditions, the Baton, which contains the Queen’s message, travels across 72 nations and territories before arriving at the venue. For this year, the message was put in the baton on 7 October 2021 and then set off on a 294-day journey across the Commonwealth nations. This is an emblem of connecting communities, spreading solidarity and instilling hope and unity among diverse cultures.

16. Durban, the third most populous city in South Africa, was supposed to be the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games if not for financial constraints.

17. Top 5 nations and their number of medals:

  • Australia (Gold=974; silver=807; bronze=741)
  • England (Gold=745; silver=749; bronze=736)
  • Canada (Gold=495; silver=532; bronze=574)
  • India (Gold=186; silver=178; bronze=152)
  • New Zealand (Gold=172; silver=227; bronze=290)

(Find the rest of the nations and their medals here.)

So, are you a quizzing enthusiast or someone who loves knowing things -details about people, places, events and ideas or are you one who simply wants to know some things in case the topic comes in the conversation so you would have something to share with others? Well, whichever it is, these facts surely are of great help.

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