At the Commonwealth Games, Competing for Medals and Relevance
Friday, 06 April 2018 15:58

At the Commonwealth Games, Competing for Medals and Relevance

Written by NYT- Adam Baidawi
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Interesting read from the New York Times about the Commonwealth Games, which start this weekend. Not something we here in American think to often about, but the Games do represent about a third of the world's population, and there will be some great Track & Field, or as they would say, Athletics. Here's a quick primer on the current state of the whole thing. With most of the action happening while we in American are asleep, look to on-demand replays of the track sessions on ESPN 3 to satisfy your global athletics championship fix. In a non-Olympic or World Championship year, it'll have to do.

GOLD COAST, Australia — Amid the skyscrapers and coastline of Surfers Paradise here, you can spot a large surfboard with a digital clock, determinedly counting down. The Commonwealth Games will descend this week onto the Gold Coast’s beaches, bringing with it the world’s best athletes and nagging questions of relevance, competitiveness and economic impact.


The weekslong multisport event has gathered various nations of the British Commonwealth every four years since 1930, barring a few wartime aberrations. It was originally known as the British Empire Games, hosting various combinations of countries, with Australia and Britain among the mainstays. The 2018 Games will draw athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories who will compete in 275 events over 18 sports.

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