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Everything you need to know as 72 countries set fire to UK for Commonwealth Games

Everything you need to know as 72 countries set fire to UK for Commonwealth Games

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The action will begin today in the 21st Commonwealth Games, also known as the British Empire Games.

The multi-sport event, held in Birmingham, UK, will see over 5,000 athletes from over 72 nations and territories compete for the ultimate prize.

It will be 12 days of sporting action interspersed with effervescent athletes anxious to make their different countries proud.

On Thursday evening, the opening ceremony of the games was held at Alexander Stadium with Prince Charles declaring it open and Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai welcoming all athletes and officials.

With its motto “Game for All”, a total number of 20 sports should be organized in 15 centers.

This is the third time the UK will host the event which started in 1930. It previously hosted London 1934 and Manchester 2002.

The idea of ​​the Commonwealth Games which are held every four years and often referred to as Friendly Games was largely inspired by Canadian journalist and sports executive Melville Marks Robinson, also known as MM Robinson and Bobby Robinson.

This is, by extension, to further entrench relations between all Commonwealth nations under the auspices of the United Kingdom