Friday, August 1, 2014

Commonwealth Games Explanation

The Commonwealth Games are an international sporting event that involves athletes from all of the commonwealth countries. It contains a variety of different sports plus, it is commonly known as the “Friendly Games”.  Every four years it is held, except for the years 1942 and 1946 due to the second world war. They are held in different places all around the world. The commonwealth games have a unique place in the sporting history.

Not all countries are allowed to participate in the Commonwealth Games, this is because they currently do not have “Queen Elizabeth” as their queen. Only countries who have her as their head of state can be involved in this very special event. 71 countries sent 6,500 athletes to compete in 17 different sports at the 2014 Glasgow, Commonwealth Games. Previously, only 11 countries could take part in the Games, with only 400 athletes sent to represent their country.

The first ever Commonwealth Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. 11 countries sent 400 athletes to compete. They took part in 6 sports and 59 events. Edinburgh hosted the games in 1970 and 1986, surprisingly some countries have held it twice. Throughout all these years since 1930 the Commonwealth Games have been active. New Zealand has held the games three times, twice in Auckland and, also once in Christchurch. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be Scotlands biggest multi-sport event. Hopefully New Zealand tries their hardest to earn medals for our country. Surely they’ll do us proud.

Training is really important to every single competitor competing in the Commonwealth Games. If they really want to be awarded a gold medal in whatever sport they are participating in, they would really need to train a lot. They would need to find the right time to train, along with spending time with family members and doing other things. 4 - 6 hours a day for training is reasonable enough. But some athletes take on about 7 hours of training, each day. Practise, practise, practise makes perfect.

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