On your marks, get set…go! The Commonwealth Games are on!


The Commonwealth Games 2018 (XXI Commonwealth Games) were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to April 14.

What are the Commonwealth games?

The Commonwealth Games is an international sports competition that is held every four years. The participants must be amateurs (they are not paid to play), and they must be from a Commonwealth country.

Quick tip: A Commonwealth country is a country which was once a part of the British Empire. There are 53 Commonwealth countries in the world, the majority of which are in Asia and Africa.

When and why did the Commonwealth games begin?

The Commonwealth Games started in 1930 as the “British Empire Games” to increase goodwill and understanding between the Commonwealth Countries.

The first games took place in Hamilton, Canada and included 400 athletes from 11 countries. The games have since come a long way and in 2018, there are 6600 athletes from 71 countries competing at Gold Coast 2018.

What about the Commonwealth Games 2018?

The Gold Coast is known for its beaches. The routes for many sports such as running, cycling and surfing have been planned while using the area’s stunning natural beauty as the backdrops.

Borobi, a friendly blue koala bear, is the official mascot.

Official Motto: “Share the dream”

How did the Indian athletes do at the Games?

India stands in 3rd place in the medals tally, behind Australia and England. India has clinched 26 gold medals so far, and a total of 66 medals

  • The Indian mixed badminton and the Indian women’s table tennis team have both made history by wining their first ever golds in the Commonwealth games.
  •  India is also dominating the Shooting and Weightlifting and Women’s Discus Throw events. 
Indian Athletes to watch for:

Boxing: MC Mary Kom got her Gold.

Squash:  Defending champions Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal have won silver medals.

Badminton: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have done very well! Kidambi Srikanth has won a silver medal. Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu in the final to grab the Gold.

Table Tennis: Achanta Sharath bagged the bronze.  Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra won the Bronze medal in the mixed doubles. 

Written by: Shruti Divecha. Shruti was a graphic and textile designer by profession till her curiosity filled daughter pulled out the writer inside her. She writes stories, GK nuggets and teaches recycled crafts to children.

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