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The President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil has accepted the Queen of England's invitation to grace the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi’s launch ceremony for XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. Abhinav Bindra will receive the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi from the Queen as the first batonbearer. The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition of the Commonwealth Games and acts as a curtain raiser to every Commonwealth Games since 1958. The Queen`s Baton 2010 Delhi will take 240 days to complete the epic journey to all other member nations and territories of the Commonwealth. During this time it will cover a distance of more than 170,000 kilometres, and whilst on its 100 day national tour, the baton will visit every Indian state and its capital, plus many other cities along the way, covering in excess of 20,000 kilometres. This will make the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi national sector twice as long as the Manchester and Melbourne relays which lasted 50 days each. On arrival at the opening ceremony, the Queen`s Baton 2010 Delhi will have travelled in excess of 190,000 kilometres over a period of 340 days; this will make the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi one of the longest relays in the history of the Commonwealth Games. The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi will conclude with the final batonbearer entering the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi on 3 October 2010.

The 2010 commonwealth games are going to be held in Delhi,India with population over 15 million, compared to (2006 games hosts) Melbourne's 3.5 million and Greater Menchester's 2.5 million population at 2002 games.

The commonwealth goes is a multi sport event held every 4 years involving the elite atheletes of the Commonwealth of Nations. the first such event, then known as the British Empire Games was held in 1930. the name changed to British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, to British Commonwealth Games in 1978, and assumes the current name of Commonwealth Games in 1978.

Host Nations of Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games is a multi sport event held every four years with participation of elite athletes of the Commonwealth of Nations. The first Commonwealth Games were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1930. There are currently 53 commonwealth nations and 71 participating teams. Typically around 5000 athletes participate in the Commonwealth Games which make it one of the biggest international sporting events in terms of participation.

The Games include Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Table Tennis, Squash, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Lawn bowls, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Gymnastics.There are track and field events like Running, Jumping, Walking and a marathon as well as Shotput, Javelin, Hammer throw and Discus. Aquatics includes diving, swimming and synchronized swimming. Apart form these there are shooting and cycling events also.

The Common Wealth Games are organised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), a union of around 70 countries lying in the major continents: Asia, Africa, America, Europe, Carribean and Oceania. The CGF was formed in the year 1930 by Bobby Robbinson with a firm will of promoting and celebrating an atmosphere of unique, friendly, world class Games in these member countries and also strengthening the harmonious mutual relations between the Commonwealth countries. The three foundation principles of the Common Wealth Games Federation are: Humanity, Equality and Destiny! These are the parameters held responsible by the Commonwealth Games Federation for every momentous decision taken within the federation.

To improve the standard of living of the residents and the societal norms; the Commonwealth Games Federation is also a staunch supporter of education and awareness via sports and recreation. The distinguishing feature of the Common Wealth Games is, its formation based on history, as compared to the geographic and climatic factors responsible for the formation of other world sport associations. It also bags the honour of being the only Games Federation that has a common language for conversation i.e. English. For this reason, the Commonwealth Games have also been coined as "Friendly Games", and thus; have been a source of inspiration amongst the Youth of the Commonwealth Nations, to excel in games and sports.

After its conception in 1930, the Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games, followed by other titles like the British Empire and British Common Wealth Games. In 1978, the Commonwealth member nations took a unanimous decision to call them "The Commonwealth Games". The first Common Wealth Games (1930) were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Since then, the Common Wealth Games are held in every four years except in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II. Conducted in many other Commonwealth Nations like London, Sydney, Aukland and Kuala Lumpur; the latest Commonwealth Games were organised at Manchester, London in 2002.

The last or recent Commonwealth Games were conducted between 15-26 March 2006; in Melbourne, Australia, the capital of Victioria state and the second largest city of the Kangaru Continent. India will also be hosting the Common Wealth Games for the first time and Asia for the second time; in 2010, in Delhi, the capital city of India. The sports that will comprise of these Common Wealth Games are Cycling, Netball, Rugby, Weightlifting, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Aquatics, Athletics, Gymnastics, Hockey, Badminton, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing and Triathlon.

The following is a list of the Games and the countries they were held in over the years.

1930 Hamilton, Canada
1934 London, England
1938 Sydney, Australia
1950 Auckland, NewZealand
1954 Vancouver, Canada
1958 Cardiff, Wales
1962 Perth, Australia
1966 Kingston, Jamaica
1970 Edinburgh, Scotland
1974 Christchurch, NewZealand
1978 Edmonton, Canada
1982 Brisbane, Australia
1986 Edinburgh, Scotland
1990 Auckland, Newzealand
1994 Victoria, Canada
1998 Kaulalampur, Malaysia
2002 Manchester, England
2006 Melbourne, Australia
2010 New Delhi, India

XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi will feature 17 sports: Aquatics (Swimming, Synchronised Swimming and Diving), Archery, Athletics (Track and Field, Road Walk and Marathon), Badminton, Boxing, Cycling (Track, Road Mass Start and Road Time Trials), Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic), Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting (Pistol, Small Bore, Full Bore and Clay Target), Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. The competition schedule of the Games was presented to, and approved by the CGF General Assembly meeting in Colombo, 5 - 9 November.

Aquatics Archery Athletics Badminton Boxing
Cycling Gymnastics Hockey Lawn Bowls Net Ball
Rugby Shooting Squash Table Tennis Tennis
Weight Lifting       Wrestling

Competition Schedule

Event Venue Event Dates
Opening Ceremony JN Stadium 03 October 2010
Closing Ceremony JN Stadium 14 October 2010
Aquatics Diving Dr SPM Swimming Complex 10-13 October 2010
Swimming Dr SPM Swimming Complex 4-9 October 2010
Synchronised Dr SPM Swimming Complex 6-7 October 2010
Archery Yamuna Sports Complex/India Gate 4-10 October 2010
Athletics Track & Field JN Stadium 6-12 October 2010
Marathon JN Stadium/Marathon Course 14 October 2010
Walk India Gate 09 October 2010
Badminton Siri Fort Sports Complex 4-14 October 2010
Boxing Talkatora Indoor Stadium 5-11, 13 October 2010
Cycling Track IG Sports Complex 4-7 October 2010
Road Mass Start India Gate 10 October 2010
Road Time Trials Noida Highway Express Rd 13 October 2010
Gymnastics Artistic IG Sports Complex 4-8 October 2010
Rhythmic IG Sports Complex 12-14 October 2010
Hockey Maj. Dhyan Chand National Stadium 4-14 October 2010
Lawn Bowls JN Sports Complex 4-13 October 2010
Netball Thyagaraj Sports Complex 4-12, 14 October 2010
Rugby 7s Delhi University 11-12 October 2010
Shooting Clay Target Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range 8, 10-13 October 2010
Full Bore CRPF Campus, Kadarpur 7, 9, 11 October 2010
Pistol and Small Bore Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range 5-13 October 2010
Squash Siri Fort Sports Complex 4-13 October 2010
Table Tennis Yamuna Sports Complex 4-14 October 2010
Tennis RK Khanna Tennis Stadium 4-10 October 2010
Weightlifting JN Sports Complex 4-12 October 2010
Wrestling IG Sports Complex 5-10 October 2010

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