Commonwealth relay begins.

On the 9th of October 2013, the Commonwealth games baton relay began. It will go across from Commonwealth country to Commonwealth country, being passed around from person to person of all faiths and nationalities. The relay was started by the Queen and the first runner, Alan Wells (who won gold in the men’s 100m in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games), started the run around the world. On the 14th June 2014, the baton will make its way back to Scotland in time for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth baton relay is the Commonwealth Games equivalent of the Olympic torch relay.
The Commonwealth Games are a redesign of the British Empire Games from 1930 and is held every 4 years. 4,500 athletes will compete in 17 different sports (like squash or gymnastics) in 14 different venues. This will be the 20th Commonwealth Games. Even though there are 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, 70 teams will participate in the Glasgow Games. Some events will be done outside of Glasgow. For example: shooting will be held at the Barry Buddon Centre.


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