Spanning Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the countries that make up the Commonwealth are incredibly diverse with different cultures, faiths, histories and languages.
However, there’s one thing all Commonwealth countries have in common, and that’s a love of sport.
From weightlifting to running and swimming to cycling, countries from across the Commonwealth love competing, supporting and spectating in every event.
One of the best ways to get a better understanding of the Commonwealth Games and their unique history is to check out the new Commonwealth Games infographic from Virgin Media. If you don’t have the time right now, here’s a quick run down of its most fascinating facts.
Size doesn’t matter
A quick look at any map of the Commonwealth will show just how diverse its people and its countries are. But when you realise that Tuvalu, the smallest country competing, has just 9,860 inhabitants and that India has a whopping 1.7 billion, you get an idea for just how varied the Commonwealth is.
However size doesn’t matter and all the countries at the games compete on a level playing field, with the best athletes coming from different countries across the globe.
The Australians take some beating
Though the size of your population doesn’t necessarily make a difference to your chances of success, if you’re from the land down under, you seem to have a much better chance of walking away with a prize as Australia has won more medals that anyone else over the history of the Games!
With a total of 2080 medals to date, the Aussies have done well in almost every discipline. One event in which their winning streak seems to end is the Rugby Sevens which has been won by their neighbours New Zealand every year since 1998.
Even monkeys have played their part
Though people are undoubtedly the stars of the show, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi monkeys were employed to guard the games and keep the athletes and spectators safe!
How can you get involved?
If you’re in Glasgow to watch the games, you can get more involved by heading down to Race Bolt on Glasgow Green to test your speed against one of the best athletes of all time.
There you can race a life-sized on-screen version of the athlete to see how you compare with the fastest man in the world … you never know, it may just inspire you to get fit and start your own training. With a bit of hard work, one day you could even win a medal yourself!