Commonwealth Games Firsts
Here is some trivia related to the Commonwealth Games. See more Commonwealth Games Trivia, a Commonwealth Games Quiz and Medal Tally Trivia.
- The FIRST 'commonwealth games type' event was held in 1911 - the 'Festival
of Empire' was held celebrate the coronation of
King George V.
- The FIRST official Commonwealth Games was held in Hamilton Canada in 1930 (called the British
- The FIRST time there was a games mascot was in 1978 in Edmonton - Keyano, a Swan Hills Grizzly Bear.
- The FIRST country to boycott the Commonwealth Games was Nigeria in 1978 in protest over New Zealand's sporting contacts with South Africa
- The FIRST time an Asian country hosted the Games was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998.
- The FIRST time team sports were played at the Commonwealth Games was in 1998, when Cricket, Men's and Women's Hockey, Netball and Rugby 7's were added to the program.
- The FIRST time the Queen’s Baton Relay was delivered to other nations of the Commonwealth, besides England and the host country, was in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
- The FIRST competitor to have competed in seven Commonwealth Games was Lawn bowler Willie Wood from Scotland from 1974 to 2002.
- The FIRST Commonwealth Games held on the African continent was due to be in Durban 2022, but they withdrew as host.