The Commonwealth Games Federation has announced that the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast will be the most gender equal multi-sports event in history. This year’s Commonwealth Games will have an exactly equal number of medal opportunities for men and women: 133 Women’s events; 133 Men’s events; 9 Mixed/Open events.
And that is not all, the International Federations for Basketball, Hockey and Swimming have confirmed that at least 50% of their technical officials presiding over the sporting action will be women. This is a yet another first for a major international multi-sport event, including the Commonwealth Games and Olympics.
Commonwealth Games 2018 are being held in the picturesque Gold Coast City in Queensland between April 4 and 15. This edition of the Commonwealth Games will see over 6600 athletes and officials from 70 nations battle it out in 275 events across 18 sports.
The official motto for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is “Share the Dream”. It was chosen to highlight the dreams and experience at the games that were shared by participants of the games, ranging from athletes to volunteers and the host country Australia to the world including the Commonwealth nations
India at Commonwealth Games 2018
India is fielding a strong 218 member contingent comprising of 103 women and 115 men across 17 disciplines in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Indian women athletes will sport a new look at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Instead of their customary saris and blazers, the sportswomen will be dressed in blazers and trousers. The Indian Olympic Association has announced that the entire Indian contingent, both men, and women, will wear navy blue blazers and trousers.
Rio-Olympic silver-medalist and star shuttler PV Sindhu will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony.
Dipa Karmakar who won a bronze medal in the previous edition of Commonwealth Games and had secured the historic fourth-place at the 2016 Rio Olympics will miss CWG 2018. Dipa had sustained a knee injury during a practice session ahead of the Asian Gymnastic Championship 2017. In case you have missed it, read the inspiring story of Dipa Karmakar here.
In the 2014 edition of the games held in Glasgow, Scotland, India had won 64 medals including 15 gold and 30 silver medals.
Gold Coast 2018 CWG promises to be an inspiring and inclusive festival of culture, community, and sport. It will be a loud and proud celebration of today’s modern Commonwealth. For India, there is a good mix of youth and experience amongst the ranks. There are multiple disciplines where a rich haul of medals is expected.