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.

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.

Swimmer WinningOptional Sports

The host city can choose another 7 sports from this list of 17 optional sports plus the aquatics disciplines.

  1. Archery — 1982, 2010
  2. Aquatics: Synchronized Swimming — 1986, 2006, Diving — 1930 to present, Open Water Swimming (never been on program)
  3. Basketball — 2006, 2014
  4. Beach Volleyball (Men & Women) (never been on program)
  5. Canoeing (never been on program)
  6. Cycling (including track, road, and mountain bike) — 1934–present
  7. Gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) — 1978, 1990–present
  8. Judo — 1990, 2002, 2014
  9. Rowing— 1930, 1938–62, 1986
  10. Sailing (never been on program)
  11. Shooting (including clay target, pistol, small bore and air rifle, full bore rifle) — 1966, 1974–present
  12. Softball (never been on program)
  13. Table Tennis — 2002–present
  14. Taekwondo (never been on program)
  15. Tennis — 2010
  16. Tenpin Bowling — 1998
  17. Triathlon — 2002, 2006, 2014+
  18. 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.

Exhibtion Sports

There have also been a number of exhibition sports.

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