19th Commonwealth Games at Delhi 2010
The 19th Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi, India from October 3rd to 14th October 2010. The games will see 72 countries participating in 17 sporting events. The inauguration ceremony will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Commonwealth of nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth, is a group of 53 member-states, most of whom used to be a part of the British empire. The Singapore Declaration has outlined a set of common values and goals for these countries. Sports particularly popular in these countries generally form a part of the Commonwealth games and is held every 4 years and this will be the 19th edition of the game over all. Because of the World War II, the Commonwealth Games were not held in 1942 and 1946. The last games were held in Melbourne, Australia in 2006.
The games first started in 1930 and were known as the British Empire Games. Then in 1954, they came to be known as British Empire and Commonwealth Games. 1970 saw the name shortened to British Commonwealth Games and finally in 1978 it was coined as the Commonwealth Games.
India is only the third developing country to host CWG after Jamaica (1966) and Malaysia (1998). India also hosted the 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune from Oct 12 to 18th in 2008. The Youth Games had nine sporting events which included athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games will be conducted by an apex committee headed by India's Sports Minister. The Organizing committee will be headed by the Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi.
As of now, 72 nations plan to field their athletes for the Games: