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HindustanTimes Sat,25 Oct 2014

about 2010 Commonwealth Games

The Delhi Games are the nineteenth Commonwealth Games being held for the 2nd time in an Asian continent. The Games are all set to take place between the 3rd and the 14th of October. Previously in 1951 and 1982, India has hosted the Asian Games but CWG 2010 is undoubtedly the largest multi-sport event the nation has ever witnessed. The opening and closing ceremonies and main events such as athletics, lawn bowls and weightlifting will all take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which has an approximate capacity of 60,000 spectators.

Other events including Archery, Cycling, Gymnastics and Wrestling will be held at the Indira Gandhi Arena, the largest indoor sports arena in India as well as the second largest arena in Asia. CWG 2010 hopes to set new benchmarks for Sports India and other Host nations with regards to sustainable urban development by showcasing excellent facilities that could be used by the Indian society and the general public for generations to come.

The official mascot of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 is Shera. The word comes from the Hindi word Sher – meaning tiger. In Indian mythology, the tiger is associated with Goddess Durga, who represents power and overcomes evil by riding her tiger during combat. Shera is a large hearted gentleman who loves to make new friends and encourages people to ‘come out and play’.


A Brief History of the Commonwealth Games

The very first Commonwealth Games were held in Hamilton, Canada in the year 1930. Canadian Athlete, Bobby Robinson was the key force behind the start of the games as he finally put talks that were taking place for decades into practice. A total of 11 nations accumulating 400 athletes participated in CWG 1930.

Since 1930 the games have been taking place once in every four years except 1942 and 1946 due to the intervention of World War II. Out of the 16 games that have been played so far, four of them have been hosted by Australian cities (Sydney 1938, Perth 1962, Brisbane 1982 and Melbourne 2006).

The name of the Games has been shuffled quite a few times. Between the years 1930 and 1950, the Commonwealth Games were renamed as the British Empire Games and then the British Empire. From 1966 to 1974, the games were called the British Commonwealth Games and 1978 onwards they were titled to what is now the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games were founded on the basis of history and not on the nations geographical position or climatic conditions. One of the main characteristics of the Games is that the participating countries share one common language. From Athletes to Coaches and other officials, everyone can converse with each other in English, creating a friendly atmosphere leading to the games often being called as the “Friendly Games”.

In order to keep the Games always competitive and exciting, the Commonwealth Games Federation agreed to include team sports in Kuala Lumpur 1998 for the first time in the history of the Games.

Unlike other sporting events, CW Games bring together nations from different continents under one roof sharing the family spirit of the same historical moments, experiences and links that go beyond cultural barriers.


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