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Commonwealth Games



The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations

The Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities.

The host city is selected from across the Commonwealth, with eighteen cities in seven countries having hosted it.

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 eleven games, England for seven and Canada for one.

There are currently 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, and 71 teams participate in the Games

Games Host Dates Sports Events

British Empire Games

I Hamilton, Canada 16 – 23 Aug, 1930 6 59
II London, England 4 – 11 Aug, 1934 6 68
III Sydney, Australia 5 – 12 Feb, 1938 7 71
IV Auckland, New Zealand 4 – 11 Feb, 1950 9 88

British Empire and Commonwealth Games

V Vancouver, Canada 30 July – 7 Aug, 1954 9 91
VI Cardiff, Wales 18 – 26 July, 1958 9 94
VII Perth, Australia 22 Nov – 1 Dec, 1962 9 104
VIII Kingston, Jamaica 4 – 13 Aug, 1966 9 110

British Commonwealth Games

IX Edinburgh, Scotland 16 – 25 July, 1970 9 121
X Christchurch, New Zealand 24 Jan – 2 Feb, 1974 9 121

Commonwealth Games

XI Edmonton, Canada 3 – 12 Aug, 1978 10 128
XII Brisbane, Australia 30 Sep — 9 Oct, 1982 10 142
XIII Edinburgh, Scotland 24 July – 2 Aug, 1986 10 163
XIV Auckland, New Zealand 24 Jan – 3 Feb, 1990 10 204
XV Victoria, Canada 18 – 28 Aug, 1994 10 217
XVI Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11 – 21 Sep, 1998 15 213
XVII Manchester, England 25 July – 4 Aug, 2002 17 281
XVIII Melbourne, Australia 15 – 26 March, 2006 16 245
XIX Delhi, India 3 – 14 Oct, 2010 17 272
XX Glasgow, Scotland 23 July – 3 Aug, 2014 17 261
XXI Gold Coast, Australia 4 - 15 April, 2018 19275
XXII Birmingham, England 27 July - 7 Aug, 2022 18264


Last updated on: 16/10/2019

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