The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest multi-sport events in the world, held once every four years. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, it brings together athletes from the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. With its three core values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny, the Games play a key role in uniting the Commonwealth family through sport.
Hosts of the Games on three occasions, Scotland has a proud history of success. From the first Games in 1930 through to a record-breaking medal haul at Glasgow 2014 and best ever overseas medal tally at Gold Coast 2018, Team Scotland athletes have excelled on one of sport’s biggest stages, and they are the only opportunity for athletes to represent Scotland at a multi-sport Games.
Since 2000, athletes under the age of 18 have also had the opportunity to compete, with the introduction of the Commonwealth Youth Games, providing a first experience of multi-sport Games competition and a stepping stone towards competing at a future Commonwealth Games.
History Of The Games
The concept of a sporting competition to bring together the nations of the British Empire had been talked about since the 1890s. Reverend Astley Cooper is credited with first proposing the idea in an 1891 article in The Times newspaper suggesting a “Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing the goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire”. In the end the concept was beaten to the punch by the modern Olympic Games, which held its first Games in 1896, and the idea of an Empire Games was put on hold.Learn More
The Queen’s Baton RelayThe Queen’s Baton Relay
The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II.The Relay traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the traditional Commonwealth Day festivities.
The Queen entrusts the baton to the first relay runner. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads out the message to officially open the Games.Learn More