17 Sports For Com Games

Sunday, November 19, 2006
Maximum 17 Sports At Commonwealth Games
Posted 11:56 am ET (GamesBids.com)

Beginning with the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games the Commonwealth Games Federation (CFG) decided that a maximum of 17 sports will be contested in all future Games.

CGF president Michael Fennell told a media conference in Kuala Lumpur Saturday, “after the CGF Sports Committee meeting we had an evaluation on events that took place in Melbourne. There were recommendations that were brought to the executive board meeting on the numbers of sports to be offered in future Commonwealth Games be restricted to 17, and the recommendation was approved”.

He said 10 out of the 17 sports have to be core sports that are agreed upon by the CGF executive board members. “This means that the host country has to offer the 10 core sports with the additional seven sports it chooses”.

The 10 core sports are athletics, aquatics, boxing, badminton, squash, weightlifting, lawn bowls, netball, rugby, Sevens and hockey.

Fennel said the CGF board only approved archery and tennis of the sports that were under appeal for inclusion at New Delhi 2010. Snooker and billiards were eliminated.

The sports at the New Delhi 2010 Games are aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby, Sevens, shooting, squash, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling and events for athletes with disabilities.

The host city of the 2014 Games will be picked at the CGF General Assembly November 9, 2007, in Colombo. The cities competing to host the 2014 Games are Abuja Nigeria, Glasgow Scotland and Halifax Canada.