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At-a-glance: Commonwealth Games
An overview of the Commonwealth Games ahead of the competition to host the 2014 event.

VALUES

  • Humanity, destiny and equality.

    PATRON

  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    COMMONWEALTH NATIONS

  • There are 53 Commonwealth countries and 71 Commonwealth Games Associations that can enter a team in the Commonwealth Games.

  • The Commonwealth's 1.7 billion people make up 30% of the world's population and are of many faiths, races, languages and cultures.

    PREVIOUS AND FUTURE HOSTS

  • The Commonwealth Games are held once every four years.

  • The first Commonwealth Games were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1930.

  • The 2006 Commonwealth Games were in Melbourne, Australia. The 2002 Games were in Manchester, England.

  • The 2010 Games will be held in Delhi, India.

  • A decision on which city will host the 2014 Games will be taken on 9 November.

    HISTORY

  • From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games, then the British Empire and Commonwealth Games until 1962.

  • From 1966 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games and from 1978 onwards they have been known as simply the Commonwealth Games.


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