Get to know about Commonwealth games

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Now Scotland is busy preparing to host 20th edition of Commonwealth games at Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd august. But this journey started in 1930 when Bobby Robinson formed CGF (commonwealth Games Federation).

This is always called as “friendly games” and it is third most popular games after Olympic and Asian games. And it also shares the common English language.

This Commonwealth games was formerly called as British Empire Games and British Commonwealth Games. From 1978 is was uniquely called as Commonwealth games.

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This game had its first edition in Canada in 1930 with 11 nations accumulating 400 athletes, from then it takes place every 4 years (expect 1942 and 1946, due to World War II).

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of 15 of the 54 Commonwealth countries and patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation will presides over for opening and closing of the games. Although there are 53 member countries, 71 countries now attended the commonwealth games.

The traditional Queen’s Baton travels 288 days covering 190,000 KM (4.25 times the Earth surface) across the commonwealth nations with the Queen’s message for athletes.

Glasgow will host 6,500 athletes to compete in 17 sports over 11 days. Also 15,000 volunteers and 2,500 members of press will be present at Glasgow for  the games.

Many sporting star could attend the games, fastest men on Earth Usain Bolt and his rivalry Yohan Blake will meet in the track. Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis the Olympic gold medallist are expected to bag few medals.

Greg Yelavich, a shooter from New Zealand is expected compete record 8th time in commonwealth game. He competed first in 1986 at Edinburgh and has won 12 medals so far. Australia is expected to lead the medal tally as usual this year.

Commonwealth nations contribute 30% of world’s population, over one millions spectators are likely to attend the events. Let’s stay united to celebrate the sporting festival.

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