What are the Commonwealth Games?
The Commonwealth Games is a unique,
friendly, world class, multi-sports Games,
which is held once every four years.
What is the
The Commonwealth is a unique family of
developed and developing nations, a
voluntary association of independent
sovereign states spread over every continent
and ocean. From Africa to Asia, from Pacific
shores to the Caribbean, the Commonwealth's
1.7 billion people make up 30% of the
world's population and are of many faiths,
races, languages and cultures.
The Commonwealth Games is open to eligible
competitors of the Commonwealth Games
Association (CGA) of all Commonwealth
countries, colonies, and dependent or
associated territories of a Commonwealth
Commonwealth countries can take part in the
there are 54 Commonwealth countries, there
are 71 Commonwealth Games Associations that
can enter a team in the Commonwealth Games.
This is because some Commonwealth countries
have more than one CGA. An example of this
is the United Kingdom, which is a single
Commonwealth country, but which has seven
CGAs, as Scotland, England, Northern
Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Jersey, and
Guernsey, all compete in the Games as
the next games be held?
In 2010, the Games will be held in
Delhi, India. The 2014 Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
are in the Commonwealth Games?
The Commonwealth Games
consists of at least ten and no more that
fifteen sports. From 2010 five are
obligatory, Athletics, Race Swimming, Lawn
Bowls, Rugby 7s (Men), and Netball (Women).
The host country selects the rest of its
Sports Programme from an approved list of
Individual Sports. These are - Archery,
Badminton, Billiards and Snooker, Bowls,
Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, EAD Events,
Fencing, Gymnastics, Judo, Rowing, Shooting,
Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin
Bowling, Triathlon, Weightlifting,
Wrestling, and Sailing. The host country may
also select one or more additional Team
Events = Elite Athletes with a Disability
represent a country in the Commonwealth
A competitor must be a citizen or subject of
a Commonwealth country that enters him/her.
Where a competitor was born in a
Commonwealth country that has common
citizenship/passport with other Commonwealth
countries, the competitor may initially
represent the Commonwealth country of birth;
or the Commonwealth country of birth of his
or her father or mother that shares such
citizenship/passport. A competitor, who has
already competed in a Commonwealth Games for
one Commonwealth country, may represent
another Commonwealth country at a future
celebration of the Commonwealth Games with
the approval of the Federation and the
permission of the two CGAs concerned and of
the International Federation.
Is there a
Commonwealth Games for Young People?
The first Commonwealth Youth Games was held
in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000. 596 Athletes
from 15 countries competed in 8 sports. The
second Youth Games was held in Bendigo, Australia in 2004. The third Games was held in Pune, India in 2008. The fourth will be held in the Isle of Man in 2011, and the fifth in Samoa in 2015.
All competitors in the Commonwealth Youth
Games will be 18 years or less (i.e., their
18th birthday is during the calendar year in
which the Games is held).
the Commonwealth Games Federation?
The governance of the CGF is through the
General Assembly and the Executive Board of
the Federation. Ultimate authority lies with
the General Assembly of member countries and
territories, which meets once per year. The
Executive Board consists of the Officers of
the CGF and a Regional Vice President from
each of the CGF' six regions.
How are the
members of the CGF's Executive Board
The process is open, transparent and
democratic. The President, 2
Vice-Presidents, Hon Secretary, and Hon
Treasurer are elected by the General
Assembly from nominations drawn from member
countries and territories. The Hon Legal
Advisor, the Hon Medical Advisor, and the
Athletes' Representative (all of whom are
non-voting members of the Board), are also
appointed by the Executive Board from
nominations received from CGAs. The Regional
Vice-Presidents are elected by the CGAs in
their region. The Federation's Chief
Executive Officer is also a non-voting
member of the Board.