Thursday, July 24, 2014

Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games – Royal Mail First Day Cover

Originally known as the ‘British Empire Games’, the first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930, in Hamilton, Canada, where 400 athletes from 11 nations competed in six sports. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, in 1954 they were renamed the ‘British Empire and Commonwealth Games’, which changed to the ‘British Commonwealth Games’ in 1970 and 1974. The even has been called the ‘Commonwealth Games’ since 1978.

Over time, the number of competing nations, athletes and sports has increased significantly, while the level of public interest and competition has reached ever-greater heights. Until 1994 only single competition sports had appeared on the programme, but since 1998 team sports such as Rugby Sevens and Netball have been added. At the 2002 Games in Manchester, elite athletes with a disability (EAD) became the first to take part in a fully inclusive sports programme, competing in ten events across five Para-Sports.

On 9 November 2007, Glasgow won the bid to host the XX Commonwealth Games and, over the last six and a half years, the building-up to the largest multi-sport event that Scotland has ever held has been gathering momentum. Once the Queen’s Baton Relay has visited every Commonwealth nation from Anguilla to Zambia, the Opening Ceremony on 23 July will lead into 11 days of intense competition across 17 sports, watched b an audience of more than 1.5 billion people across the globe.   

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