After a fabulous Commonwealth Games opening ceremony where Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle were the headliners, there was an inflatable Loch Ness Monster, a giant kilt, traditional Scottish dancing, and many other delightful performances.
There was an appearance by Billy Connolly who paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and he promoted freedom around the world.
Britain’s most successful Olympian Chris Hoy handed the Commonwealth Games baton to the Queen, who was welcomed with a huge roar from the crowd, then officially declared the games open.
There was a moment of silence to remember the 298 lives lost when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine last week and the Malaysian team chose to wear black armbands as a tribute to those who lost their lives.
The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games promises to be one of the best games ever where there will be 6,500 athletes and officials from seventy-one nations and territories who will compete in 17 different sports for the next eleven days.
As usual, there will be the many exciting adrenaline fuelled track events, amazing gymnastics plus games which will include such diverse sports as bowls, judo, wrestling and suchlike plus a range of arts and cultural events available to everyone as well.
The very first Commonwealth Games were known as the ‘British Empire Games’ and were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1930 which included four hundred athletes from eleven different countries. The man behind it all was a Mr Bobby Robinson who was a big name within the athletics world and the City of Hamilton that gave $30,000 to help cover travel costs for some of the visiting nations.
The concept was supported by England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland who sent strong teams to compete. Other teams arrived from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Bermuda, British Guyana and Newfoundland.
The events comprised of track and field athletics, boxing, rowing, swimming, wrestling and bowls.
After the successful first games in Hamilton 1930, there was enough incentive to hold them on a regular basis and since 1930, they have been held every four years apart from 1942 and 1946 due to the disruption of the Second World War.
From 1930 until 1950, the games were known as the ‘British Empire Games’, then the ‘British Empire and Commonwealth Games’ until 1962. As from 1966 to 1974, they were called the ‘British Commonwealth Games’ and eventually from 1978 on, they were known as just the ‘Commonwealth Games’.
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