Commonwealth Games Delhi
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 03 October 2010

The 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be opened by HRH The Prince of Wales  are the nineteenth edition of the Commonwealth Games, and the ninth to be held under that name.

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The Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India between 3 October and 14 October 2010. The games will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in New Delhi and India generally, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. It will also be the first time the Commonwealth Games will be held in India and the second time the event has been held in Asia (after 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

In addition to the Commonwealth Games, the city of Pune, India hosted the 3rd Common wealth Youth Games between October 12 and 18, 2008.

The Youth Games offered nine sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. Held every four years, it involves the elite athletes of the Commonwealth of Nations. Attendance at the Common wealth Games is typically around 5,000 athletes.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games.

The first such event, then known as the British Empire Games, was held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The name changed to British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, to British Common wealth Games in 1970 and assumed the current name of the Commonwealth Games in 1978.

As well as many Olympic sports, the Games also include some sports that are played mainly in Common wealth countries, such as lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball.

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

The four constituent countries of the United Kingdom England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland send separate teams to the Common wealth Games (unlike at the Olympic Games, where the United Kingdom sends a single team), and individual teams are also sent from the British Crown dependencies Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man and many of the British overseas territories.

The Australian external territory of Norfolk Island also sends its own team, as do the Cook Islands and Niue, two states in free association with New Zealand.

Only six teams have attended every Common wealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Australia has been the highest scoring team for ten games, England for seven and Canada for one.

At the 1930 games, women competed in the Swimming events only. From 1934, women also competed in some Athletics events.