The very first Commonwealth games were held in the City of Hamilton in Canada in 1930. 400 athletes participated in the games from eleven different countries. The first games comprised of six sports and 59 events. The City of Hamilton was so determined to make the event a success that they paid the transport costs of each team. At the stage the games were called the British Empire Games and this is the name they held until 1950. There have been several name changes throughout the years but they have been known as the Commonwealth Games since 1978.
The games have been held every four years since 1930 and the only two games that have been missed were 1942 and 1946 which was due to the Second World War. They are participated in by countries who still are or once were part of the British Commonwealth. This means that they do not have as many countries competing in them as the Olympic games. However, the games are still followed throughout the world as there are over two billion people that live in these countries. It is also an opportunity for people to see some of the best athletes in the world in action.
Apart from the name, there has not been a lot of changes that the games have undergone since they first began. The changes that have been made have changed the games for the better. Team sports were introduced in 1998 and have been a part of the games ever since. This means more people can be involved in the games in the same way that more people can play online games due to the rise in the number of minimum deposit casinos. The Manchester games in 2002 became the first professional competition where elite athletes with disabilities competed alongside able bodied athletes and this is also something that continues today.
The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia in 2018 in several locations along the Gold Coast. There are more than 70 countries and territories that will be competing at these games. The games are sometimes referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’ but this does not mean that the competition between athletes is not there. It is a fiercely fought competition to be top of the medal table but at the same time there is still the feeling of friendship and unity that comes from belonging to the Commonwealth.
The 2018 competition will last for eleven days and will see more than 6600 athletes competing. There are eighteen different sports in total that will be featured and there are a number of different events within each of these sports. The sports that will be competed in include athletics, cycling, swimming and gymnastics. There are also events for teams to take part in such as rugby and netball. As well as events that take part in stadiums that spectators will have to purchase tickets for, there are also free events such as the marathon and some road cycling. Spectators will be able to stand at specific points along the route and be able to cheer the athletes on.