Commonwealth Games 2010: Major Sports

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Commonwealth Games 2010: Major Sports

One of the biggest multi-national and multi-sport event – Commonwealth Games – was started in 1930 under the name ‘British Empire Games’ and involves the elite athletes of the Commonwealth of Nations. When it comes to the wide choice of sports in this particular event, each candidate city looking to host a Commonwealth Games is supposed to include a minimum of 10 core sports on their programme.One of the biggest multi-national and multi-sport event – Commonwealth Games – was started in 1930 under the name ‘British Empire Games’ and involves the elite athletes of the Commonwealth of Nations. When it comes to the wide choice of sports in this particular event, each candidate city looking to host a Commonwealth Games is supposed to include a minimum of 10 core sports on their programme.

History
During the first Commonwealth Games in Hamilton in 1930, there were only six sports in the entire programme: Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming & Diving), Boxing, Lawn Bowls,
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Rowing, and Wrestling. Later the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Committee proposed a few outlines and factors to be included in the programme, which were included in the regulation 6 of the CGF Constitution.

Overview
As per the guidelines, the host country can include up to an additional 7 games from a list of optional sports, with a maximum of 4 team sports on their programme. They can choose these games from a huge list that includes: Billiards/Snooker, Canoeing, Golf, Handball, Life Saving, Softball, Yachting / Sailing and Volleyball.

Surprisingly, Cricket – the highest acclaimed sport in the world – was included once in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 Commonwealth Games, but is still an unrecognized sport in the list of CGF.

On the other hand, Commonwealth Youth Games are permitted to include a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 sports. Out of these, maximum 2 can be team sports. Athletics and Swimming are mandatory in the list.

Games Scheduled For Commonwealth 2010
2010 Commonwealth Games, going to be held in Delhi, will have a total of 17 games. These are:

• Aquatics (Diving & Swimming)
• Archery (first appeared in Brisbane 1982)
• Athletics (featured in every Commonwealth Game till now)
• Badminton (made its debut in Kingston 1966)
• Boxing (Featured from Hamilton 1930 to Melbourne 2006)
• Cycling (first included in London 1934)
• Gymnastics (first included in Edmonton 1978)
• Hockey (introduced in Kuala Lumpur 1998)
• Lawn Bowls (included on every programme except Kingston 1966)
• Net Ball (introduced in Kuala Lumpur 1998)
• Rugby 7’s (team sport introduced in Kuala Lumpur 1998)
• Shooting (made its first appearance in Kingston 1966)
• Squash (made its debut in Kuala Lumpur 1998)
• Table Tennis (first appeared in Manchester 2002)
• Tennis (will make its debut in Delhi 2010)
• Weightlifting (core sport for men and women since Auckland 1950)
• Wrestling (featured in Hamilton 1930)

Apart from the above mentioned sports, the list of CGF includes games like Rowing, Judo, Fencing, Basketball, Ten Pin Bowling, Triathlon, Waterpolo etc. But these are not included in 2010 list.

By: Manish Kr Sinha

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As per the Commonwealth Games official calendar, October 2010 will bring a new identity to Delhi. Commonwealth Games 2010 Sports will set new parameters for entertainment. 2010 Commonwealth Games, going to be held in Delhi, will have a total of 17 games.

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