The Commonwealth Games 2014 or the XX Commonwealth Games as it is officially known will be taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom from July 23 to August 3, 2014. India has been one of the participating nations at the Games were last editions host nation. Commonwealth Games have been an integral and widely popular sporting event around the world that sees the participation of Commonwealth of Nations. Lets take a quick look at few things to know about the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games:
1. 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, beginning from 23rd July is a 12-day event till August 3. It will see a participation of 4, 100 athletes from the Commonwealth Nations. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India had a total of 6,081 athletes from 71 Commonwealth Nations.
2. The motto of Commonwealth Games 2014 is People, Place, Passion. Scotland hosts its largest multi-event sport in the country. The decision over the final decision on the host city for hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on November 9, 2007 at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly.
3. There are a total of 17 sports and 261 medal events that will be contested at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They are: Aquatics Diving (10) Swimming (44) Athletics (50) Badminton (6) Boxing (13) Cycling – Mountain biking (2), Road (4), Track (17) Gymnastics – Artistic gymnastics (14), Rhythmic gymnastics (6) Hockey (2) Judo (14) Lawn Bowls (10) Netball (1) Rugby sevens (1) Shooting (19) Squash (5) Table tennis (7) Triathlon (3) Weightlifting (19) Wrestling – Freestyle (14)
4. The opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday 23rd July 2014. India’s Olympic silver medallist pistol shooter, Vijay Kumar will be the flag-bearer for India. The National stadium of football in Scotland with the capacity of 52, 025, Hampden Park will held the closing ceremony. The Park has been specially adapted to host the track and field events.
5.The Athlete’s Village of the Commonwealth Games 2014 is situated within 20 minutes drive from majority of venues in Dalmarnock. The Athlete’s Village has been designed by the Paul Stallan Studio @ RMJM. It can accommodate around 8000 individuals and created 1500 jobs opportunities.
6. The logo of Commonwealth Games 2014 was unveiled during the 19th Edition in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Keeping three factors time, data and measurement in mind, Marque Creative designed the official logo. The rings in the logo are proportioned to represent the 20th Commonwealth Games, across 17 sports, over 11 days in 1 city.
7. Clyde, a cheeky wee thistle is the mascot of Commonwealth Games 2014. Inspired by story from past of a real ship called the SS Cameronia built on the River Clyde. The mascot has been designed by 12-year-old Beth Gilmour who won a competition. The mascot has been named after the river as during the event Clyde will move around the host city just like the river flowed.