The Commonwealth Games is a unique, world class event which is held once every four years. It is often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’ and is made up by 53 member countries.

At the 2014 Games there are 6,500 athletes from 71 nations competing in 17 sports over 11 days. Some facts about the Commonwealth Games are as below:

  •     Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow is 35 hectares in size, the equivalent of 54 football pitches.
  •     The next Commonwealth Games will be held in the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.
  •     Team sports appeared in the Commonwealth Games from 1998.
  •     The Glasgow 2014 tartan was designed by Glasgow schoolboy Aamir Mehmood.
  •     India hosted the Games in 2010, at Delhi. It was India’s most successful Commonwealth Games to date with Indian            athletes winning 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals.
  •     India has competed in fourteen of the eighteen previous Commonwealth Games; starting at the second Games in 1934. It has been a common misconception that countries such as India do not put a lot of emphasis on sport however that attitude appears to be changing.

The Indian shining stars of the 2014 Commonwealth games until the date of the show have been:

1. Apurvi Chandela – The young shooting sensation did the country proud by winning a gold medal in women’s shooting in 10m air rifle event in Glasgow. Aged 21, Apurvi was competing in her first CWG and her performance at the highest level has left many speechless. She created a new games record by scoring 206.7 points in final.

2. Sathish Sivalingam – This young Indian wrestler from Vellore, Tamil Nadu brought laurels for the country by winning wrestling gold medal in 77 kg category. Competing in his first Commonwealth games, this 22 year old set the game record by lifting 149 kg in snatch.

3. Jitu Rai – Jitu’s gold medal in men’s shooting 50m pistol event was no surprise for anyone who follows the sport of shooting. Though this was his first CWG, he had already set the foundation for his gold medal in Glasgow by winning a silver medal in 10m air pistol event in 2014.

4. Mirabai Chanu Saikhom – Aged 19, this young girl from Imphal, Manipur showed no signs of nervousness as she won the silver medal in women’s weightlifting in 48 kg category. The gold in this category was also won by India.

5. ShushilaLikmabam – This young talent from Assam won the silver medal in women’s Judo in 48 kg category.

6. Sanjita Khumukchan – The 20 year old opened India’s medal account in 2014 CWG. Sanjita, who took to sports in the year 2006 won a gold medal in 48 kg women’s weightlifting event. She idolizes Kunjarani Devi.

I was delighted to be joined with Apurvi on today’s episode and her humility and drive was truly an inspiration. At such a young age she has achieved so much in her life.

It was refreshing to meet such a young woman who is incredibly passionate about her sport and not only wishes to get to the highest level (the Olympics) but she also wishes to encourage the youth across the globe to pursue their passion in the sports field and make their country proud too.