Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by admin

Ready, Steady, Go!

Having been awarded the right to host the 20th Commonwealth Games way back on 9th November 2007, today marks the start of the Games which are taking place in Glasgow. Whilst the vast majority of events will take place in the city of Glasgow, the diving will be held in Edinburgh and the shooting is in Carnoustie.

It is the third time Scotland has hosted the event having previously being held in both 1970 and 1986 though that was in Edinburgh on both occasions.

In the lead up to the Games, the Commonwealth Games baton has travelled across 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over a period of 285 days.

As featured in both the Commonwealth Games Stamp Cover  and Coin Cover which are both available from the Post Office Shop, amongst the 48 different events are cycling, running, netball, tennis, swimming as well as judo which was last included in the Commonwealth Games in 2002 when they were hosted by Manchester.

Two sporting disciplines will make their Commonwealth Games debuts at Glasgow 2014 – namely women’s boxing and the mixed team relay triathlon event.

It promises to be an exciting 12 days of competition as more than 4,500 athletes from 71 commonwealth countries compete for medals.

Amongst the contenders from the home nations expected to be competing for medals are Ali Jawad who competes in the powerlifting representing England, swimmer Bethany Firth from Northern Ireland and Scotland’s 400m hurdles athlete, Eilidh Child.

Other British competitors touted as medal contenders include Welsh weightlifter Darius Jokarzadeh, diver Chris Mears representing England and boxer Paddy Barnes from Northern Ireland.

When it comes to podium prominence, Australia has claimed more gold medals throughout the history of the Commonwealth Games than any other nation (803). They are also the only competing nation to have amassed more than 2000 medals.

It all starts with the opening ceremony which takes place at Celtic Park. Enjoy!

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