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Transcript of ross nevin
The Commonwealth Games, often referred to as the Friendly Games, has a unique place in sporting history.
The first games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events. Since then, the Games have been held every four years (except for 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War).
The event has seen many changes, not least in its name. From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games and from 1954 until 1966 they were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Later, from 1970 until 1974, they took the title of the British Commonwealth Games. Finally, at the 1978 Games in Edmonton, Canada this multi-sport event change its name to the Commonwealth Games. i used copy and paste for all this as i cant write my own stuff :))))))
Edinburgh hosted the Games in 1970 and 1986. The 2002 Games in Manchester saw for the first time full medal events for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) in a fully-inclusive sports programme. This will be continued at Glasgow in 2014.
In 2000, Commonwealth Games Scotland devised the Commonwealth Youth Games. These Games were subsequently endorsed by the Commonwealth Games Federation and are open to athletes from 14 to 18 years of age. The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were in Edinburgh. The 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games were held on the Isle of Man. The next two Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Apia, Samoa in 2015 and Castries, Saint Lucia in 2017
23 July 2014 – it’ll be a day to remember. We’ll welcome thousands of Commonwealth athletes and hundreds of millions of viewers to Glasgow, and the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
With the world holding its breath, Glasgow will introduce itself to the Commonwealth family; show everyone what we’re made of and what we can do.
Here’s just a glimpse of what will happen:
Games’ opening – by the Head of the Commonwealth (or representative) and playing of the Scottish national anthem
Parade of Nations – formal procession by 4,500 athletes and their coaches and management teams
The Queen’s Baton Relay – ends its epic journey which has included visiting the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories
And then, at long last, the Games will begin.
A fitting farewell
Eleven days later, on 3 August we’ll get together again for a Closing Ceremony to celebrate all we’ve achieved. And in the process, we’ll show the world we know a thing or two about how to throw a great party.
The Closing Ceremony will be festive and celebratory. It is a chance for the people of Glasgow, and everyone involved in the Games, to revel in their success, and celebrate together for the last time.
The Closing Ceremony is all about friendships – our chance to say thanks and hand over to the next Commonwealth city.
Don’t miss it.
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladeshm, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, England, Falkland Islands, Ghana, Gibraltar
Isle of Man
British Virgin Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Turks and Caicos Islands
Trinidad and Tobago