You might think the Commonwealth Games falls a little way behind the Olympics, but what would the sporting calendar be like without it? It’s a great way to bring people from all 4 corners of the world together for a festival of sport, and as you’ll see from these eye-opening facts there’s a really rich history behind it.
The idea to host the games was first talked about as long ago as 1911.
But it wasn’t until 19 years later that Hamilton, Canada hosted the first games in 1930.
11 countries and 400 athletes competed in the inaugural games.
Australia holds the record for most times hosting the games with 5.
Today there are 53 countries across 19 sports, with hundreds of different disciplines contested.
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The Commonwealth covers 20% of the Earth’s land mass and 32% of its population.
Only the Olympic Games and Asian Games feature more competitors than the Commonwealth Games.