Sports at the Games
The current Commonwealth Games regulations require a minimum of ten and no more than fifteen sports must be included in a Commonwealth Games schedule. There is a list of core sports, which must be included, and a further list of approved sports from which the host nation chooses which to include. The host nation may also apply for the inclusion of other team sports to the CGF General Assembly, like the Melbourne organising committee did with Basketball for the 2006 Games.
Current Required Core Sports
Athletics, aquatics (diving, swimming, synchronised swimming), lawn bowls, Women's netball and Men's rugby sevens. These will stay core sports until at least the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Approved List of Sports
Includes archery, badminton, billiards and snooker, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, judo, rowing, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling, triathlon, weightlifting, wrestling and sailing.
Games now must include some events for Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD). This was introduced in the 2002 Games.
When Sports Appeared at the Games
The year listed below is the first time the event appeared at a Games.
Listed in bold are the original events from the first Game in 1930.
| Aquatics - swimming, diving
| Athletics - men
|| Gymnastics - rhythmic
| Lawn bowls
|| Field hockey
| Wresting, Freestyle
|| Rugby sevens
| Athletics - women
|| Ten-pin bowling
|| Athletes with a Disability Events - athletics,
power lifting, swimming, table tennis
|| Table tennis