The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the 54 states of the Commonwealth of Nations. The event began in 1930 and takes place every four years. The Games feature 6,600 athletes from across 72 nations and territories.

Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Games aim to unite the Commonwealth family through a glorious festival of sport. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, the event is renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.

Athletes with a disability are included as full members of their national teams, making the Commonwealth Games a fully inclusive international multi-sport event.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 16: Dame Valerie Adams, (L) silver medal for shot put, Sophie Pascoe, gold medals for swimming and Julia Ratcliffe, gold medal for hammer throw during the Welcome Home Function at Novotel on April 16, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 11: (L-R) Bruce Wakefield and Barry Wynks of New Zealand react during the Para-Sport Triples B6/B7/B8 Lawn Bowls semi final between England and New Zealand on day seven of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Broadbeach Bowls Club on April 11, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)