The Games, held every four years, run this summer from July 23 to August 3 in Glasgow. Seventy commonwealth teams will participate in 17 sports, totaling 261 medal events.
(By the way, some are confused by the term "Commonwealth Nations," a term all Anglophiles should know. The Commonwealth of Nations, also called "the Commonwealth" or the "British Commonwealth" is an association of nations that voluntarily work together, promoting peace, democracy, and free trade. Currently, the Commonwealth consists of 53 nations, most of which are former British colonies.)
The first Commonwealth Games, held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, featured 11 countries participating in 6 sports and 59 events--so the Games have enjoyed great growth! Since the first Games in 1930, they've been held every four years except during WWII.
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