Commonwealth Day Quiz


March 10 is Commonwealth Day. Ahead of the 2014 Games in Glasgow this summer, test your Commonwealth knowledge with a few unusual facts from around the world.

Commonwealth Flags

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Long distance runner Anuradha Cooray is Sri Lanka's record holder for the marathon and 10,000m. What company does he work for?

  1. Google
  2. Goldman Sachs
  3. Greggs

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Queen's Baton Relay is travelling the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. What item is held inside the baton.

Baton in Brunei
  1. Map of the Commonwealth
  2. Message from the Queen
  3. Key to the Royal Handbag

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Sialkot in Pakistan is known for manufacturing sports goods. What item of equipment does it export 40million of each year?

  1. Hand-stitched footballs
  2. Hand-carved cricket bats
  3. Hand-tied shuttlecocks

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Only six sports were part of the first Games in Hamilton, Canada in 1930. Then called the British Empire Games. What was not included?

  1. Archery
  2. Lawn Bowls
  3. Wrestling

5.) Multiple Choice Question

To highlight the issue of global warming in the Maldives, its government once held a cabinet meeting in which unusual location?

Maldives flag
  1. Under the sea
  2. On a mountain top
  3. In a sauna

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Australia holds the record for the most Commonwealth medals won. Its former Prime Minister Bob Hawke once set a record himself. For what?

  1. Swimming
  2. Cricket
  3. Drinking beer

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which Commonwealth city is the most expensive place to live on the planet in 2014, according to a recent study?

Most expensive city
  1. Melbourne
  2. Singapore
  3. Cape Town

8.) Multiple Choice Question

Runner Nijel Amos was honoured by the Botswanan government for winning 800m silver at the 2012 Olympics. What was among his gifts?

Nijel Amos
  1. Six cows
  2. 600 cupcakes
  3. 6000 pairs of trainers


  1. Cooray lives and trains in the UK in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where he works for Greggs the baker. He is preparing for Glasgow 2014.
  2. The Queen's message to the Commonwealth is inside the baton. It will be read at the 2014 Opening Ceremony on July 23.
  3. Sialkot produces around 70 per cent of the world's hand stitched footballs. It also has a booming industry in making bagpipes.
  4. Archery is an optional sport that first appeared in Brisbane in 1982, and again in Delhi in 2010. The 1930 sports were Athletics, Aquatics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, and Wrestling.
  5. Ministers used diving equipment for an underwater meeting in 2009. The islands are on average just 2.1 metres (7ft) above sea level, putting them at risk if oceans rise.
  6. Hawke downed a yard of ale in 11 seconds while at Oxford University in the 1950s. Australia's all-time medal tally is 2,073 according to the Commonwealth Games Fedaration.
  7. Singapore beat 131 international cities to become the world's most expensive in 2014, according to research from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  8. His reward included cattle along with a large paycheck. Amos' win is Botswana's first ever Olympic medal.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Common as muck

4 - 6 : Common sense

7 - 8 : Commonwealth Gold

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