Commonwealth versus Olympic Games
The Olympic Games are the biggest sporting event in the world. Here is how the Commonwealth Games compares.
|TOPIC||COMMONWEALTH GAMES||OLYMPIC GAMES|
|Size||Participation of approximately 4,500 athletes and 1,500 officials.||Participation of approximately 10,000 athletes and 5,000 officials.|
|Duration of the Games||Approximately 10 days.||Approximately 17 days.|
|Countries Included||Commonwealth countries. These countries have a history of British colonisation and are registered under the Commonwealth Act.||All countries of the world are eligible to participate in the Olympic Games.|
The sports at the Commonwealth Games have predominantly been individual sports although the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur introduced a number of team sports into the program. There are 17 sports on the program for Glasgow 2014.
These sports have been on the CG program, but never at the Olympics.
|The number of sports has gradually increased at every Olympic Games due to an increasing number of sports being played on a worldwide basis. There were 32 sports on the Beijing 2008 program.|
- the Olympic Games