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Is the Commonwealth Games Still Relevant?

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by jamminya (U11896979) 28 June 2010
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The Jamaican National championship over the weekend did not have many top performances. Times and distances weren't that impressive. However, highlight of the final day was Asafa Powell running 19.97 in 200m.

www.jaaaltd.com/results/2010...

The absence for top athletes may suggest that the Commonwealth Games later this year may not be on their agendas. How relevant is it really today? Especially for countries like GB that already have the European games.



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comment by Diggers (U2300584)

posted Jun 29, 2010

But they aren't the Enpire Games anymore are they. Nobody forces any of the countries to compete do they. So if they don't have an issue with it why should you?

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posted Jun 29, 2010

Jeux de la Francophonie is held evey 4 years for French speaking nations. Not sure about Spanish games, but it wouldn't surprise me. The main difference I guess is that the Queen was head of state in most of these countries until comparatively recently, and still is for some, and she's still widely respected and they're her games. That's different to most of the French and Spanish speaking nations.

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posted Jun 29, 2010

it was relevant in 2002 wasn't it? shame that consecutive games have neither been july/august but such is life. i'll be cheering come glasgow.

it is also a tangible goal for mere mortals, more so than ogs.

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posted Jun 30, 2010

There's a 'Lusophony Games' for Portuguese-speaking nations that started in 2006, according to the font of all knowledge that is Wikipedia

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comment by 2 of 3 (U233398)

posted Jul 6, 2010

"The Commonwealth Games gives a chance for athletes from small nations to compete on a big stage, and not just in athletics."

So why then are they so many sports that small nations cannot compete in.

With the exception of the home nations, Canada, NZ and AUS, it's mainly 3rd world countries - and some of the poorest in the world too.

Yet the sports list doesn't reflect this.

Unless you mean that they'll get the chance to send some complete novice because there are fewer serious competitors.

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posted Jul 6, 2010

Each candidate city looking to host a Commonwealth Games must include a minimum of 10 core sports on their Programme; Aquatics-Swimming, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing (Men only), Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball (Women only), Rugby 7s (Men only), Squash and Weightlifting.

They can then include up to an additional 7 from a list of optional sports/disciplines; Archery, Aquatics-Diving, Aquatics-Synchronised Swimming, Basketball, Canoeing, Cycling-Road, Cycling-Mountain Bike, Cycling-Track, Gymnastics-Artistic, Gymnastic-Rhythmic, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting-Clay Target, Shooting-Pistol, Shooting-Small Bore, Shooting-Full Bore, Softball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Triathlon and Wrestling with a maximum of 4 team sports on their Programme.

What other sports would you like them to include for small or poor nations? I guess football would be good, but there is no way they'd get the profesional game to agree to releasing players so it would have to be amateur football, and that's highly unlkely.

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comment by 2 of 3 (U233398)

posted Jul 6, 2010

Football is a definite no since the CW games are held the same year as the World Cup.

Cricket would be good.

Lawn Bowls is a core sport?! That sums it up!

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posted Jul 6, 2010

the CWG's are hardly "summed up" by lawn bowls.

If you don't like the champs then don't watch them 2/3 don't devalue people sports just because you don't get them

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posted Jul 7, 2010

Lawn Bowls is included because practically every nation plays it, including many of the small island nations.

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posted Jul 15, 2010

Well, I went to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and loved it! It was great to see a major sporting event 'up north' for once. It was well organised and very well attended. A CWG is a good place for young athletes to start to gain experience. Lawn bowls is a sport. Just because it doesn't fit in with some people's idea of sport doesn't mean it isn't a sport! Roll on Glasgow (oh, and London of course!)

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