Commonwealth games 2006 and India
The 18th Commonwealth games are about to start from the 15th of March 2006. Australia, the land of kangaroos is hosting these games for the fourth time. Excepting the countries from Latin America, countries from all the continents attend these games. The games have seen its name changing several times. The year 1930 saw their beginning as ‘Games of the British Empire’, later renamed as the ‘Games of the British Empire and its Commonwealth’, and subsequently as ‘British Commonwealth games’. The 10 th edition of the games in 1974 saw the current name ‘Commonwealth Games’ being introduced. The games include about 70 participants but the main contest in the medals race is between England and Australia. The supremacy of Australia in these games has been quite clear. The host for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, India, has generally stood at the fourth place in these games. India first participated in the year 1934 when welterweight wrestler Anwar won the Bronze medal in wrestling. In the 1938 Sydney Commonwealth games, India returned back empty handed. The 1958 Cardiff Games remain a mile stone in Indian sport when the leading Indian athlete ‘flying sikh’ Milkha Singh and heavy weight Leela Ram won the gold medals in the 400 metre dash and wrestling respectively. India also won another medal as Lakshmikant took the silver in the welterweight category of wrestling. It is illustrative of our progress that till now India has won a total of 80 gold, 78 silver and 64 bronze medals. A point to note being that after Milkha Singh’ s gold at Cardiff, India has failed to win a medal in athletics. This time there is hope of an athletics medal from Anju Bobby George. It is also hoped that in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, our shooters and weightlifters will contribute to getting India a respectable place in the medals tally.