A brief history of the Games
The 22nd Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham in 2022, but did you know the first ever games were staged in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. Back then it was known as the British Empire Games (up until 1950).
Officially known as the Commonwealth Games (since 1978), the event has taken place in a different city every four years, except for 1942 and 1946 when the games did not take place due to World War II.
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