The wait is almost over as the anticipated Commonwealth Games 2018 commences on Wednesday in Gold Coast, Australia.
Sports journalist with EIB Network’s Kasapa 102.5 FM, Alexander Anyankwaa is among hundreds of accredited media personnel from across the globe gathered in Gold Coast for the biggest Commonwealth Nations event slated from April 4 to 15th, 2018.
The 21st edition of the games will see 71 Nations participating and also events of 275 in 19 sporting disciplines.
The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of 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 cancelled due to World War II).
The most recent edition was held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. The Commonwealth Games was 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.
The games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities.
The games movement consists of international sports federations (IFs), Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs), and organizing committees for each specific Commonwealth Games. There are several rituals and symbols, such as the Commonwealth Games flag and Queen’s Baton, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies
Although there are 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, 71 teams participate in the Commonwealth Games, as a number of dependent territories compete under their own flags. The four Home Nations of the United Kingdom—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—also send separate teams. Among 71 nations, only Nine nations have hosted the Commonwealth Games. Australia have hosted four Commonwealth Games (1938, 1962, 1982, and 2006) and will host for the fifth time in 2018. Canada has hosted four Commonwealth Games (1930, 1954, 1978, 1994). Two cities have hosted Commonwealth Games more than one time: Auckland (1950, 1990) and Edinburgh (1970, 1986).
Only six countries have attended every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. Australia has been the highest achieving team for twelve games, England for seven, and Canada for one.
In this year’s edition Ghana will be participating in 12 sporting disciplines with the aim of winning a minimum of five medals. Ghana has a contingent list of 109 for the event.
By Alexander Anyankwaa |Australia