GLASGOW 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: 23 JULY - 3 AUGUST 2014
The Commonwealth Games are international, multi-sport events – held every four years for athletes from Commonwealth nations. The Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities.
HISTORY OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES
With a distinguished sporting history, the Commonwealth Games have gone from strength to strength. The first games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events.
Since then, the Games have been held every four years (except for 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War) and the event has seen many changes, not least in its name. From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games, from 1954 until 1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. It was the 1978 Games in Edmonton that saw this multi-sports event change its name to the Commonwealth Games.
Scotland hosted the Games in 1970 and 1986. The 2002 Games in Manchester saw for the first time full medal events for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) in a fully-inclusive sports programme. This will be continued at Glasgow in 2014.