Commonwealth Games Sports
Although there are many official Commonwealth Games sports, the actual sports at each edition of the Games has differed. The Commonwealth Games program is determined by the host nation, and the rules for inclusion of certain sports has changed over the years, resulting in a unique program for each year that the Games have been held. Currently programs must be limited to a maximum of 17 sports.
- Current Sports — Sports at the next Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, and also the proposed sports for the Gold Coast in 2018.
- Sports Lists — See the complete listing for included sports for each year the Games have been held.
- Sport Selection — Read a discussion of the selection of sports on the Commonwealth Games program.
Core Sports (10 sports)
Of the 17 sports currently allowed to be included on the program, the host city must include these 10 core sports.
- Athletics — 1930–present
- Badminton — 1966–present
- Boxing — 1930–present
- Hockey — 1998–present
- Lawn Bowls — 1930–present (except 1966)
- Netball — 1998–present
- Rugby 7s — 1998–present
- Squash — 1998–present
- Swimming — 1930–present
- Weight lifting — 1950–present
The host city can choose another 7 sports from this list of 17 optional sports plus the aquatics disciplines.
- Archery — 1982, 2010
- Aquatics: Synchronized Swimming — 1986, 2006, Diving — 1930 to present, Open Water Swimming (never been on program)
- Basketball — 2006, 2014
- Beach Volleyball (Men & Women) (never been on program)
- Canoeing (never been on program)
- Cycling (including track, road, and mountain bike) — 1934–present
- Gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) — 1978, 1990–present
- Judo — 1990, 2002, 2014
- Rowing— 1930, 1938–62, 1986
- Sailing (never been on program)
- Shooting (including clay target, pistol, small bore and air rifle, full bore rifle) — 1966, 1974–present
- Softball (never been on program)
- Table Tennis — 2002–present
- Taekwondo (never been on program)
- Tennis — 2010
- Tenpin Bowling — 1998
- Triathlon — 2002, 2006, 2014+
- Wrestling — 1930–present (except 1990, 1998, 2010)
Recognized Commonwealth Games Sports
These sports are recognized by the Commonwealth Games Federation, but are not currently at the level for possible inclusion.
There have also been a number of exhibition sports.
- 1958 there were exhibitions of polo and show jumping
- 1978 lacrosse appeared as an exhibition sport.