History Of Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CWF) and Commonwealth Games Australia on 5 October announced the games to be included in the 2026 Commonwealth Games. The Games will comprise 26 events spanning a total of 20 sports, including 9 para-sports. Wrestling has not found a place in these games.
This is the first time since 2010 that wrestling has not found a place in the CWG Games. Overall, this is only the fourth time in the 92-year history of the Commonwealth Games, which began in 1930, that wrestling has been out of the Commonwealth Games.
Wrestling was not included in the Commonwealth Games only three times – 1990 Auckland, 1998 Kuala Lumpur, and 2006 Melbourne.
History Of Commonwealth Games: started 92 years ago
- The CWG consists of countries that were once part of the British Empire.
- The idea of CWG was first given in 1891.
- The first CWGs were held in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1930.
- Since then CWG has been organized every 4 years.
- From 1930 to 1950 these games were organized under the name of British Empire Games.
- From 1954 to 1966, these games were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
- In 1970 and 1974 these games were held under the name of the British Commonwealth Games.
- For the first time in 1978, these games were organized under the name of Commonwealth Games.
- CWG was not held twice in 1942 and 1946, because of the Second World War.
- The Commonwealth of Nations has 56 members, but currently, 72 countries participate in the Commonwealth Games, as some of the Dependent Territories participate under their own flag.
- There have been 22 CWGs so far. The 2026 CWG will take place in Victoria, Australia.
India has participated in 18 Commonwealth Games out of 22 held so far
- India participated in these games for the first time in 1934 from London CWG.
- India has been a part of all CWGs except four times (1930, 1950, 1962, 1986).
- India hosted the CWG only once in 2010, it was in Delhi.
- India is at number four for most medals in CWG with 564 medals.