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The business of… the Delhi Commonwealth Games

With the event set to begin in just a few days, Kipp takes a closer look at the allegations of corruption, bureaucracy and nepotism surrounding the Games.

September 29, 2010 4:06 by

The History

The Commonwealth Games, held every four years, bring together over 5,000 athletes from the 71 members of the Commonwealth of Britain, its overseas territories and former colonies in a friendly competition. The prominent sporting event was first held in 1930 under the title of the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in 6 sports and 59 events. During the 1930 British Empire Games the contestants competed in athletics, aquatics, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, and wrestling.

Over the years the Games have seen changes apply not only to its name but to the range of games the competitors take part in. Currently the range has extended to include events such as archery, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, and weightlifting.

(Picture: Dr. SP Mukherjee Swimming Stadium)


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