Thursday, December 21, 2017

Why did Maldives withdrew from participating in 2018 Commonwealth Games?

Why did Maldives withdrew from participating in 2018 Commonwealth Games?

Maldives were supposed to participate in the 2018 commonwealth games to be held in Australia. But in the month of October 2018 the island nation of Indian Ocean withdrew from participating in the commonwealth games. This leaved the tally of countries participating in the games to 70. 

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland said "she was saddened by the Maldives' decision to leave".

Similar statement was given by the foreign ministry of Maldives. They said ""The decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable."

Main reason for Madives quitting is said to be unfair treatment  after resignation of the president and transfer of the powers in the country. 

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Countdown

Countdown for the 2018 commonwealth games has begun and its only a matter of few months left for the games. You can keep a check at the time left here at the blog.

 Common Wealth Games official beings on Wednesday, 4 April 2018 at 09:00

Friday, May 6, 2016

Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia - 21st Commonwealth Games

Time flies and that's 100% true. It was in the year 2010 that I started this blog on Commonwealth Games. Prior to that there wasn't much interest for these games in me but my country hosting this mega event made me curious for the event and that was the beginning. From that time I follow the games very closely, though I don't blog every time about the games. Today its about less than 2 years left for the 21st Commonwealth Games to start. Soon withing few months we will start hearing headlines about the games, games village, teams qualifying and of course the Queens Baton relay. The baron relay is the most exciting part for me.

This time the hosting nation is the beautiful country Australia and the tournament begin on April 4, 2018. Next 11 days it will be games event and the final ceremony will be held on 18th April 2015.

Who is the boss of the 2018 Commonwealth Games?

 Met Mark Peters a former Australian baseball player and one of the leading sports administrators  in Australia. He has captained Australian national basebal lteam and played for the country for more than 10 years. He holds the position of  CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the Gold Coast City 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation. He was also the main person behind the successful bid to host the commonwealth games and the same thing earned him the position for CEO of the games. 

We wish the Australian government all the very best for this mega event!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Commonwealth Games Event Today

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was great and Queen announced the games open. Today we'll see players competing for various sports. Main competitions for today are:

  • Badminton
  • Cycling
  • Rhythmic Gymnastic
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Netball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • TT
  • Weightlifting
Badminton: Currently Badminton match between Malaysia and Barbados is being played. It will be followed by match between India and Ghana. Here is full schedule for Badminton matches today:

  1. Maaysia vs Barbados
  2. India vs Ghana
  3. Kenyna vs Uganda
  4. Scotland vs Seychelles
  5. NZ vs Guernsev
  6. Aus vs Wales
  7. Canada vs Falksland Island
  8. Singaspore vs Jamaica
  9. Norfolk Island vs South Africa
  10. Eng vs N Ireland
  11. India vs Uganda
  12. Kenya vs Ghana
  13. Scotland vs Guersnev
  14. NZ vs  Seychelles
  15. Mauritius vs Jersev

In cycling track event there would be qualifying spring for men and women first followed by First round, semi finals and finals. 

In Rhythmic gymnastics there would be team and individual qualifying rounds subdivision 1 and 2

In hockey there are couple of matches to be played today for both male and female hockey competitions. Here is the full schedule for hockey matches in Commonwealth games today:

Womens Hockey Matches Today:

  1. Australia vs Malaysia
  2. England vs Wales
  3. South Africa vs T&T
 Mens Hockey MatchesToday:

  1.  England vs T&T
  2. New Zealand vs Canada
Judo & Lawn ball matches will be played whole day starting from 10 am till last match that will start 7:38 pm. 

In netball there are 4 competitions today:

  1. Malawi vs N Ireland
  2. Australia vs Wales
  3. T&T vs Barbados
  4. St. Lucia vs Jamaica
In triathlon we could see the first medals and both men and women triathlons are being played today. Mixed triathlon will be held on 26, July.

Enjoy the games and keep a close eye on the medal tally. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Commonwealth Games 2014 Opening Ceremony

There is not much time left for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games to start. Queen will formally announce the games open at Celtic Park , Glasgow. A crowd of around 40,000 spectators is expected to watch the opening ceremony of the games. Millions of people will watch the ceremony live on TV from various parts of the globe.

As is the ritual for every major competition, the players from various participating nations will parade in the opening ceremony along with some performance from local and international groups. The previous host nation will lead the parade and the current hosts will be the last in the parade. Today will be the day for opening ceremony only. From tomorrow we'll see 10 full days of sporting events. 

Our best wishes to all the participating nations and athletes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meet the Indian Male & Female Boxing Squad for Commonwealth Games

In the recent times, Indian boxers have earned a good reputation in various international boxing competitions, including the commonwealth games. Both male and female boxers from India have performed well at international stage recently. There are huge hopes from the boxers this time and they are expected to earn a few medals in Glasgow, Scotland.  Out of the 101 medals India won in last commonwealth games 7 were from boxing. Not sure about this edition of the games but I wish the boxing team good luck and hopefully they could increase the count this time and reach double figures.

Let me introduce you to the male and female boxing squad for India this Commonwealth games.

Male Boxers from India for Glasgow Commonwealth Games:
  • Devendro Singh - This guy from Manipur won gold at the Bocskai Invitation Tournament in Hungary.
  • Shiva Thapa - This boxer from Assam has got various medals at junior level and was the youngest boxer to qualify for 2012 London Olympics.
  • Manoj Kumar - Manoj Kumar won Gold medal for Indian in 2010 CWG games and he also won bronze medal in 2007 and 2013 Asian Championships.
  • Mandeep Jangra - This guy might be the trump card this year in the 69 kg category.
  • Vijender Singh: Vijendar is perhaps the only boxer in India who is recognized by masses. A winner of bronze medal in both Olympics and Word Champions, he is the most popular boxer in India.
  • Sumit Sangwan - Sumit is a known face at state and national levels. We wish him good luck at international level as well.
  • Dinesh Kumar - Got silver medal in Asian games.
  • Praveen More - High hopes on him in the +91 kg category.
Female Boxers from India for Glasgow Commonwealth Games: Female boxing is making a debut to the Commonwealth games and this is a nice time for female boxer to make a statement here.
  • Pinki Jangra: This boxer from Haryana qualified to play for India after defeating the 5 time world champion and Olympic Bronze medal winner M C Mary Kom in the trials. Mary Kom was on a long break from Boxing after giving birth to her third child. Mary Kom was expecting a comeback but she'll have to wait for a while. Hopefully Pinki Jangra will meet the expectation of the country and perform well in the games.
  • Sarita Devi: Sarita Devi has won a silver medal in World Championship. She has been consistent performer and winning medals in Asian Women Boxing Championship since 2001.
  • Pooja Rani: Her rise in the boxing is just like a movie story. With opposition from her father in taking the game as a profession, this girl has yet lot more to achieve. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Indian Men's Hockey Women’s leaves for Commonwealth Games

Followed by the women team, the Indian men's hockey team left for the Commonwealth games yesterday. The male hockey team from India will play the first match on 25th of July a day after the female team have played their first match against Canada. Indian men will play against Wales in their opening match followed by matches against Scotland, Australia and South Africa. Here is full details of the matches to be played by India Hockey team in the Glasgow commonwealth games:

  • Match 1- Against wales on July 25 at 13:30 IST
  • Match 2 - Against Scotland on July 26 at 20:30 IST
  • Match 3 - Against Australia on July 29 at 18:30 IST
  • Match 4 - Against South Africa on July 31 at 20:30 IST.

If the team performs well they might qualify for the knock out stages.

This team has won silver medal in the last edition of Commonwealth games held in Delhi, India in the year 2010. But the teams recent performance in the hockey world cup 2014 was not satisfying and they ended up at number 9 position.