In just under a months time the Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow. The multisport event happens every four years and involves athletes from each of the Commonwealth Nations. During the games, sports played predominantly in Commonwealth countries such as lawn bowls and netball are also played along with many Olympic sports.
Out of all the countries involved in the Commonwealth games, only 6 teams have attended every single event, including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales and New Zealand. There’s a total of 21 sports allowed in the Commonwealth along with 7 para sports. These are categorised into 3 sections including core sports, which must be included, optional sports which may be chosen by the host nation, in this case Scotland and finally, recognised sports which may only be played if the CGF’s requirements are met.
This year is the 20th Commonwealth games and will last for 11 days. On Wednesday 23rd July, the opening ceremony will commence at Celtic Park, a formal procession by 4500 athletes and coaches. On Thursday 24th July the events start taking place from 9o’clock in the morning until 10.30pm at night. Events on the first day include aquatics, badminton, cycling, gymnastics and a whole host more.
The Commonwealth games will be televised and can also be heard on the radio as well as catch up TV and sports apps to ensure you keep up to date with all of the action.
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