The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games, saw a gala opening ceremony on Wednesday (Apr 4), post which the athletes will bring in their action from Thursday (Apr 5).
Here are some quick facts you need to know about 2018 Commonwealth Games:
1. The international multi-sport event is being held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between Apr 4 and 15.
2. This is the fifth time Australia is hosting the Commonwealth Games.
3. The official motto for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is “Share the Dream”.
4. The emblem of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is a silhouette of the skyline and landscape of the host city Gold Coast.
5. Borobi, the blue koala, is the mascot of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
6. The 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village at Southport, Gold Coast is providing accommodation and services to 6600 athletes.
7. Athletes from as many as 71 nations are scheduled to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
8. Maldives were scheduled to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. But it withdraw from the Commonwealth in October 2016.
9. The new addition is Gambia, which was readmitted as Commonwealth Games Federation member on Mar 31.
10. The 10 core sports in the 2018 Commonwealth Games are athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting.
11. For the first time EAD events in triathlon are being held at the Commonwealth Games.
12. As many as 38 para events have been added at the Games.
13. This is the first time in the history of Commonwealth Games that there will be equal number of events for men and women, with seven new events for women added to the sports program.
14. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will now see a total of 275 events in 18 sports.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.