Sports: Bringing together nations

1911
Sports: Bringing together nations
  • The idea that all the Commonwealth nations could engage in one sporting event had been in people's minds since the 1800s.
  • In 1911,the predecessor of what would eventually be the Commonwealth Games was held; it was called the 'Festival of Empire' and marked the coronation of King George V.
  • Australia, Canada, SA and UK competed in games like swimming, boxing, wrestling and athletics.

Bringing together the Commonwealth

1930
Bringing together the Commonwealth
  • In 1930, Canadian sporting legend Bobby Robinson brought to fruition the idea that had been around for a while.
  • The first Commonwealth Games, then called the British Empire Games, were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada.
  • The city of Hamilton provided over $30,000 to fund the travelling costs of the participants.
  • 400 participants from 11 countries came together to take part in these games.

Knowing the Commonwealth

Fact
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The Commonwealth is a voluntary association formed by 53 countries, all of which were at one point under British rule. The 1949 London Declaration designated King George VI as Head of the Commonwealth; since then, the British monarch has held that position.

What's in a name?

1978
What's in a name?
  • The games have been held regularly since inception, interrupted only during the war.
  • They have seen several name changes; from 1930- 1950, they were called the British Empire Games.
  • From 1954- 1966, they were known as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; from 1970- 1974, they were called the British Commonwealth Games.
  • In 1978, the Edmonton edition finally came to be called Commonwealth Games.

Games now appreciate team efforts as well

1998
Games now appreciate team efforts as well
  • The games have traditionally had only single participant events; the first games had 6 sports and 59 events.
  • It was only at the 1998 Kuala Lampur edition, the first games hosted in Asia, that team events were introduced.
  • Since then, the games have featured events like cricket, hockey (both men's and women's), rugby 7s and netball.
  • Basketball was introduced at the 2006 Melbourne Games.

Queen's baton relay- a trip around the world

2006
Queen's baton relay- a trip around the world
  • The 2006 Melbourne games achieved a historical feat by being the first to have a Queen's Baton relay that visited every single Commonwealth nation and territory taking part in the Games.
  • This journey of 180,000 kms ended with then Olympic great Herb Elliott, who entered the stadium with the baton.
  • The baton was consequently presented to Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor of Victoria.

Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

3 Sep 2015
Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Durban's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been successful.
  • On 3 September, the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Auckland announced that Durban would host the 2022 games.
  • Durban will create history by being the first African city to host the games.
  • The 22nd edition of the games is slated to begin on the 18 July 2022, Nelson Mandela's 104th birthday.

All geared up for 2022

3 Sep 2015
All geared up for 2022
  • Durban won the bid after becoming the only candidate; Edmonton had withdrawn in February, citing financial reasons.
  • It promises to deliver a world-class event, having set aside a budget of 6.4 billion rand.
  • Preparations are almost done; an athletics village and a shooting-range remain to be built.
  • An athletics-track will be installed at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, erected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.