Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then (with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were canceled due to World War II).

The most recent Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930–1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954–1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970–1974.

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Over 5,000 athletes compete at the Commonwealth Games in more than 15 different sports and more than 250 events.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, India. The Games cost $11 billion and are the most expensive Commonwealth Games ever. It was the first time that the Commonwealth Games were held in India and the second time they were held in Asia after Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998. A total of 6,081 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and dependencies competed in 21 sports and 272 events. The final medal tally was led by Australia. The host nation India achieved its best performance ever in any sporting event, finishing second overall. Rwanda made its Games debut.



  • First ever Commonwealth medal was won by Rashid Anwar who won a bronze in Welterweight category of Wrestling.

  • Commonwealth Games held in Delhi India cost $11 billion and are the most expensive Commonwealth Games ever.

  • It was India’s most successful Commonwealth Games to date with Indian athletes winning 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals.


All Time Medal Table

India 4th Position All time

Gold 155

Silver 155

Bronze 128

Total 438

On 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban’s replacement host, when Durban announced its financial constraints.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held at Gold Coast Queensland Australia. There are 70 participating nations scheduled to compete at 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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