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CWG for dummies

entertainment Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:46 IST
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With 50 days to go for the Commonwealth Games 2010 (CWG) being hosted by Delhi, we give you all the trivia about the Games that you wanted to know but did not know whom to ask.

What is Commonwealth?
Umm, it’s actually Commonwealth of Nations (CGA), an organisation of fifty-four independent states. All but two were formerly part of the British Empire.

What’s the tagline of 2010 Commonwealth Games?
“Come out and play”.

Which tiger subspecie is Shera, the Games’s mascot?
Royal Bengal Tiger.

How many nations are participating in the Delhi Games?
71 CGA nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Is it the first time that the Games are being held in Asia?
Nah. Delhi is the second Asian city to host CWG. The first was Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 1998.

What exactly is Delhi United?
It’s not our homegrown soccer team, but the volunteer programme of the Games.

Where was the last Commonwealth games held? Where they will be hosted next?
The last one took place in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The next edition is in Glasgow, Scotland.

How many sports will feature in Delhi Games?
17.

How many sports were there in the first Games in 1930?
Six. The first CWG were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in 59 events.

Was CWG always known by its present name?
From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games. From 1954 until 1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. From 1970 to 1974 they were the British Commonwealth Games. The present name was adopted in 1978 Games in Edmonton, Canada.

The office of the Games’ Organising Committee faces which Delhi monument?
Jantar Mantar.