Games Commonwealth Games 1930 Onwards - History and Background

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The Commonwealth Games, often referred to as the Friendly Games, is a quadrennial international multi-sport event among athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

The event was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 (cancelled due to World War II), have successively run every four years since.

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The Canadian city of Hamilton proved a gracious first host of the Commonwealth Games. The inaugural Games were then called the British Empire Games. The athletes' village was the Prince of Wales School next to the Civic Stadium, where the competitors slept two dozen to a classroom.

The 1911 Games however, were followed by the 1914-1918 Great War which appeared to end any hopes of a continuing sports event between Empire athletes. It was not until Canadian Melville Marks (Bobby) Robinson appeared on the scene that the first British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) were formed.
 

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Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Games aim to unite the Commonwealth family through a glorious festival of sport. Often referred to as the 'Friendly Games', the event is renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.
 

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From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games, from 1954 until 1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games.