10 Facts about the Commonwealth Games

Having designed, manufactured and constructed a variety of sports facilities including Meadowbank Sports Arena (pictured above), Rubb takes a keen interest in key events in the sporting calendar.

We have been watching world-class athletes from around the world battling it out for glory in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Read on to find out 10 interesting facts about the games…

1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event, held every four years for athletes from the Commonwealth Nations. Participating nations include the UK and states that were previously part of the British Empire.

2. The first Commonwealth Games was back in 1930, Hamilton, Canada where 400 athletes represented 11 countries in 6 sports.

3. This year will be the third time Scotland have hosted the games, after being hosted in 1970 and 1986.

4. The name ‘Commonwealth Games’ was only adopted recently in 1978. It has been called the British Empire Games, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the British Commonwealth Games.

5. The Commonwealth Games are designed to inspire and unite the Commonwealth nations. The underlying values are humanity, equality and destiny.

6. The Queen’s Baton Relay traveled 190,000km visiting all nations of the Commonwealth around the globe before touring Scotland ahead the games.

7. 17 different sports will feature at this years commonwealth games.

8. The Commonwealth Games is the only occasion where British athletes can represent their home nations of England, Scotland, Wales on an international level.

9. There are 1,385 medals up for grabs at this years commonwealth games.

10. 4,250 athletes will represent 71 nations over 2 weeks of sporting events.