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In 2002, for the first time in the Games history was included in a fully inclusive sports program with full medal event for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) such as Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting. Raisa Daimary writes.

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2010 19:50 IST

Records were made, sporting legends earned fame and nations came together at the Commonwealth Games. Read about the sporting history of the Commonwealth Games.


1. Melbourne, hosted the XVIII Commonwealth Games from the 15th to 26th of March 2006. The Opening ceremoney took place at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground (MCG).

2. The Queen's Baton visited each of the Commonwealth nations and territory taking part in the Games, 180,000 kms (112,500 miles) we covered.

3. Gagan Narang scoring 598 points out of 600 could easily be one of the best shooters in the world today. He did India proud by winning 4 gold medals (2 in pairs and 2 in individual). To calm himself so as to improve his shooting, Gagan Narang practiced "bathroom singing".

6. Samresh Jung and Anju Jung became the first shooting couple to be representing the country in the Commonwealth Games.

7. Samresh Jung collected his fifth gold and gave India their 15th gold at the Commonwealth Games. His five gold medals now equal Australian swimmers Hayley Lewis' five at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and Ian Thorpe's five at Manchester in

8. India's shooting tally of 15 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals, the highest in the Commonwealth Games ensured their position in the to three.

9. Commonwealth Games officials closed a loophole that allowed Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan to run for Australia at the Melbourne Games. O'Sullivan, retained dual citizenship and intended on competing for Ireland at the European Championships. Two other athletes have also taken advantage of the loophole -sprinter Anna Boyle, who ran for the Republic of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland, and high jumper Simon Phelan, who has represented Ireland as well as Jersey at the Melbourne Games.

11. At the concluding ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the theme was Delhi because showcasing the next host country at the concluding ceremony is the tradition at the games .

12. Performing at the ceremony were Rani Mukherji, Aishwarya Rai, Saif Ali Khan and Isha Sharwani. Famous Indian landmarks, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort were depicted.

13. The Australian authorities launched a postal stamp featuring actor Saif Ali Khan.The stamp of the value - 50 cent had an image of Saif performing at the games. Some other stamps featured great Indian personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Lal Bahadur Shastri were also released.

The XVII Commonwealth Games was held at Manchester England.

2. For the first time in the Games history was included in a fully inclusive sports program with full medal event for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) such as Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.

3. Anjali Bhagwat, won four gold medals Commonwealth Games in Manchester. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) promoted Anjali Bhagwat from inspector to the rank of Assistant Commandant and Samresh Jung to inspector in recognition of their great performances at Games in Manchester.

4. Ian Thorpe walked away from Commonwealth Games with six gold medals, a world record and two additional personal bests.

5. Japheth Kimutai, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist was denied participation in Manchester because he could not obtain a visa for Britain. The 23vyear old Kenyan Kimutai, was told that it would take weeks before his visa could be issued. He was based in Germany during the summer and this detention came in the way of his Grand Prix citruit competition in Europe.

6. Despite the ever present rain, the end of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester was marked by a spectacular ceremony marked.

7. England achieved its best ever-gold medal tally of any Commonwealth Games (54 gold) and was second in the final medal table behind Australia. India came third.

1. Kuala Lumpur became the first Asian country to host the Commonwealth Games

2. Fifteen sports were featured in the Kuala Lumpur Games - athletics, aquatics (diving, swimming & synchronised swimming), badminton, boxing, cricket, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, netball, lawn bowls, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, tenpin bowling and weightlifting.

3. Then 22, Jaspal Rana shot a scintillating series to total 587 out of 600 - three points from equaling the world record- to make up for veteran Pundit's low-key effort of567as they mapped gold with an aggregate of 1.154 points and retained the title won four years ago at Victoria. Canada.

4. India collected a rich harvest of medals -two gold, three silver and three bronze on the opening day of the Commonweakh weightlifting competitions.

5. India won a total of 7 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 8 bronze medals…

The XV Games were held in Canada for the fourth time.

2. Both the opening and closing ceremonies were held at Victoria's Centennial Stadium, which had undergone a superb refit in honour of the Games.

3. Australia topped the medals table and Canada, pushed England into third place.

4. Nigeria marked its arrival after the abolishment of apartheid as a sporting force and picked up more gold medals than both New Zealand and India while Hong Kong said farewell to the Games.

5. Ten sports were featured at the Victoria Games - athletics, aquatics (diving, swimming & synchronised swimming), badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling.

6. Jaspal Rana, taking part in senior category, won gold in the air pistol event with a score of 579 out of 600 and silver in centre fire pistol with 584 out of 600

7. The Indian Commonwealth Games contingent returned to India with 24 medals in their kitty.

8. At the official Commonwealth flag hand-over ceremony, Auckland mayor Les Mills was unable to perform the ceremony as intended. Those assembeled had to be notified that the flag was away being ironed.

9. Two of Malawi's shooting team arrived to the Commonwealth Games without their rifles, while organizers had to apologize for playing the wrong anthem at the official Zimbabwean flag-raising ceremony.

Rangitoto, the extinct and forgotten valcono provided a magnificent backdrop to the sports extravaganza of the Commonwealth Games, at the picturesque Mt Smart Stadium.

1. The XIV Commonwealth Gameswas the second to be hosted Auckland. Edinburgh and Auckland were the only cities to hold the competitions twice in the 60 year-long history.

2. The meet was formally inaugurated by Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth.

3. Australia headed the medals table with New Zealand claiming fourth place behind England and Canada.

4. Ten sports featured in the second Auckland Games - athletics, aquatics (diving, swimming & synchronised swimming), badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting and weightlifting.

5. Though the English and the Australians collected a major share of the medals but it was still the natural runners from Africans and the Caribbeans that ruled the roost,.

6. India made a brilliant start when their weightlifters grabbed six gold medals, three silver and two bronze medals on the opening day.

7. Auckland featured the Cook Islands weightlifter who broke his hand punching a pig in his allotment, the Kenyan who sold his goat to pay for his bus fare to the trials and the Falkland island distance runners who trained on the air-strip.

8. The Games came to a glorious end amidst songs, dances and cultural display. The national chair and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra played lilting classical tunes at the Mt Smart Stadium.

1. The XIII Games, the second to be staged at Edinburgh, came to be known as "the Boycott Games" despite the two decades successfully thwarting protests because of apartheid the games were boycotted by many nations such as Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya… The participation of two South Africa-born competitors, runner Zola Budd and swimmer Annette Cowley, as members of the English team was cited as an additional factor.

2. Twenty-six nations attended the second Edinburgh Games with strength of 1,662 athletes and 461 officials.

3. Ten sports were featured at the second Edinburgh Games - athletics, aquatics (diving, synchronised swimming & swimming), badminton, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, rowing, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling.

4. India too had joined the boycott at the 1986

1. The official opening by Prince Phtlip was followed by a vivid hour-long pageant of music and dancing

2. The Falklands, taking part in the Games for the first time, joined the Commonwealth Games Federation shortly before the invasion by Argentina in April. Five Asian countries were represented at the Opening Ceremony but pride of place was held by 14-yearold Sri Lankan swimmer Udeshika Biyanwile.

3. The ceremony ended with the release of thousands of peagons symlease of thousands of pigeons symbolising peace and friendship.

4. After their fine performances yesterday when Indian grapplers won four golds, four slivers and a bronze and badminton star, Syed Modl, bagged the fifth gold, India were pushed to the sixth place as the 12th Commonwealth Games came to an end here today.

5. A happy indian contingent returnea here this mornmg alter winning 16 medals at the 12th Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

1. The XI Games at Edmonton was the first of the Commonwealth Games and the last of the changes in the name of The Games.

2. Canada topped the medal table for the first time with a medal tally of 45 gold medals, 31 silver medals and 33 bronze medals.

3. Ten sports were featured at the Edmonton Games - athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

4. Rod Dixon's track shoes were stolen just before the New Zealander was to run in the 5,000 metres. The reasons could range from regular theft to sabotage.

5. The one world record set at the 1978 commonwealth games by the more than 2,000 athletes was an 800-metre freestyle swim mark by the Australian prodigy Tracey Wickham.

6. The Indian participants who did the country proud by winning gold medals were Prakash Padukone, Ekambaraim Karunakaran, Satvir Singh, Ashok Kumar and Rajender Singh.

1. The games opened on 24 January 1974. Thousands of children wearing plastic capes of red, white and blue made a living games symbol in the middle of the Queen Elizabeth II stadium.

2. The Games held at Christchurch placed the safety of the participants and spectators as its foremost duty as it was the first multi-sport event to take place after the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics..

3. 1974 marked the beginning of colour television broadcasts in New Zealand.

4. Nine sports were featured in these Games with 1,276 athletes taking part in athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, shooting, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

5. The theme song for this Commonwealth Games was Steve Allen's hum-able, even uplifting, anthem 'Join together'.

6. Wrestlers of India did their country , with all 10 winning a medal each (four gold, five silver and a bronze). The gold winners were Sudesh Kumar (52 kg), Prem Nath (57 kg), Jagroop Singh (68 kg) and Raghunath Pewar (74 kg).

1. The IX Games were held in 1970 at Edinburgh from the 16th to the 25th of July. The first British Commonwealth Games to be held in Scotland.

2. Metric distances and electronic photo-finish technology were employed at the Games for the first time. It was also the first time that HM Queen Elizabeth II attended the Gamed in her capacity as Head of the Commonwealth.

3. The 9 sports were featured in the Games - athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

4. India walked away with 5 gold medals, won by Sudesh Kumar, Ved Prakash, Udey Chand, Harish Chandra Rajundra and Mukhtiar Singh, all for wrestling.

1. Though there was much worry that Jamaica's infrastructure would not be able to allow a successful Commonwealth Games - The event took place without a glitch.

2. The event programme was also changed from lawn bowls and rowing to badminton and shooting instead.

3. Thirty-four nations competed in the Kingston Games including Aden and Saudi Arabia.

4. The nine sports on the programme were were athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, fencing, shooting, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

5. India did creditably to carry off three of the eight gold medals m the wrestling tournament of the Commonwealth Games. The Indian winners were Bishambar Singh, Mukhtiar, Bhim Singh.

The temperature was at a high of 80 degrees the day before the Perth Games opened. However the mercury read a 105 degrees at the opening ceremony.

2. Nine sports were featured at the Perth Games - athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

3. The 1966 Commonwealth Games was heralded by the first Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. About 100 sportsmen and women I confined to wheelchairs joined Perth for their events. They were given the privilege of being the first to use the big aquatic centre at Beatty Park which was specially built for the Empire Games Events for the "Wheelchair Games" include basketball, fencing, weightlifting, archery, shot put, javelin. club throwing, table-tennis and snooker

4. India did not participate in the 1966 Commonwealth Games as it was engulfed in the Sino-Indian war.

5. Australia came through as the top country winning 105 medals with 38 gold, 36 silver and 31 bronze medals.

1. Cadrif missed out on hosting the 1946 event as it was cancelled because of World War II. It however got its opportunity in 1958 as a host of the VI Games.

2. The Cardiff Games was the last of the Games that South Africa participated in before apartheid was abolished. In 1961 South Africa consequently withdrew from the Commonwealth and stayed away for 30 years.

3. Nine sports were featured in the Cardiff Games - athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

4. Milkha Singh's gold medal was widely acclaimed as well deseryed. He clocked 46.6 secs and set a Commonwealth record and winning the gold.

5. The Padma Shri was awwarded to Milkha in 1959 in recognition of his outstanding performances at the Commonwealth Games and the in the Asian Games.

6. England walked away with the highest medal tally of 80 which included 29 gold, 22 silver and 29 bronze medals.

Golden Triumph: Report and photos from The Tribune dated July 25 and July 30, 1958

A Formal opening declaration was made by Lord Alexander of Tunis. He read a message of good wishes from the Queen and the crowd sang God Save the Queen.

2. Vancouver Canada set the stage for the 5th edition of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. This was where the 'Miracle Mile', as it came to be known, saw Roger Bannister of England and John Landy of Australia both gold medalists, run in an event that was viewed across the world as it was televised live for the first time.

3. A parade including blue-turban- ed Sikhs and Fijians in white linen shirts, Terry Fisher carrying the bush monkey, Kepupi, in his pocket and Edne Maskell holding a huge teddy bear dressed in the team uniform did their rounds.

4. England was at the top of their game walking away with 67 medals that included 23 gold, 24 silver and 20 bronze medals while India returned home empty handed.

1. The staging of the British Empire games of 1942 and 1846 was interrupted by World War II however the spirit of the Games still burned bright.

2. The 4th of the Games were held at the Auckland, New Zealand. Eden Park served as the venue for the games.

3. The nine sports to feature at the Auckland Games were - athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling

4. Australia clinched the highest number of medals - 80 of which 34 were gold.

5. India could not continue with its participation as it was still recovering from the 1947 partition.

1. The 1938 Games was held Down Unde at Sydney Cricket Ground for the first time where in 15 nations participated.

2. Athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving and wrestling were the seven sports that were featured in the Sydney Games.

3. England outshined all winning a total of 73 medals, 29- gold, 20-silver and 24-bronze.

4. Mr. Janki Das, cyclist was India's sole representative and was not used to the ashphalt tracks and saw it for the first time ever at Sydney. He also took part in the sprinting event and though it was not his event he was to his surprise declared the second fastest.

5. Janki Das met with a bad accident and hurt his left shoulder during one of his trials. Despite that, he rode with one I arm in the time trial, standing first and was given a great ovation by the crowd. Due to this injury, in another race, he lost control and fell down hitting his head and losing his consciousness. Had it not been for the injuries, India would have won its first and only medal for cycling.

6. Australia walked away with 66 medals which included 25 gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze medals.

1. The six sports that were featured in the Games were athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and diving and wrestling.

2. The inclusion of events for women was the highlight of the 1934 Games. Sports like athletics were allowed to them but care was taken that the events that were considered 'too exhaustive' were not included in their itinerary.

3. The II Games were hosted by London, although originally Johannesburg, South Africa was scheduled. This was done to avoid any political crisis over South Africa's 'Apartheid' policy.

4. England won a total of 29 gold medals, 20 silver and 24 bronze medals summing up to a good number of 73 which was the highest.

5. Rashid Anwar won for India its only medal, a bronze, for wrestling at its first ever British Commonwealth Games.

Hamilton was the first host of the British Empire Games.

2. The Prince of Wales School placed next to the Civic Stadium served as the athletes' village where the competitors slept with two dozen individuals to a classroom.

3. Women took part only in the swimming events as the other events were not allowed to them

4. The participating nations included Australia, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada, England, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

5. Six sports that were included in the 1933 games were athletics, boxing,lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving and wrestling.

6. England amassed a haul of 61 medals of which 25 were gold, 23 were silver and 13 were bronze.

First Published: Sep 16, 2010 18:50 IST