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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.

Additional Requirement
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
     synchronised swimming,
 
1930
 Archery 1982
 Judo 1990
 Athletics - men 1930  Gymnastics - rhythmic 1994
 Boxing 1930  Cricket 1998
 Lawn bowls 1930  Field hockey 1998
 Rowing 1930  Netball 1998
 Wresting, Freestyle 1930  Rugby sevens 1998
 Cycling 1934  Squash 1998
 Athletics - women 1934  Ten-pin bowling 1998
 Fencing 1950  Athletes with a Disability Events - athletics,
    power lifting, swimming, table tennis
2002
 Weightlifting 1950
 Badminton 1966  Table tennis 2002
 Shooting 1966  Triathlon 2002
 Gymnastics 1978  Basketball 2006

 

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