WHAT IS THE ‘COMMONWEALTH’?
The Commonwealth is an association of sovereign nations which support each other and work together towards international goals. There are 52 member countries, spanning across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific – all of which have equal say, regardless of size or economic stature. This ensures even the smallest member countries have a voice in shaping the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Games is open to eligible competitors of the Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) of all Commonwealth countries, colonies and dependent or associated territories of a Commonwealth country.
Although there are 52 Commonwealth nations, the Commonwealth Games Movement recognises 72 nations and territories. Each of these nations/territories has a CGA. CGAs have exclusive authority to send athletes to participate in the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.