Beginning October 3, 2010, CBC Television, CBCSports.ca and bold will begin 12 consecutive
days of comprehensive coverage of Delhi 2010: The XIX Commonwealth Games from Delhi,
The XIX Commonwealth Games mark the first time the event has been held in India, and
the second time in Asia (after the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur). It will be the
largest multi-sport event ever held in India, which previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951
and 1982. CBC has broadcast coverage of every Commonwealth Games to Canadians since The 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Vancouver.
Canada has a storied record at The Commonwealth Games, dating back to the original event
when the legendary Percy Williams brought home gold in the 100-yard dash. Since that time
many Canadian stars have shone on The Commonwealth Games stage, including two-time high
jump gold medalist Mark Boswell; gold and silver medalist Clara Hughes; multiple medalist
Alexandre Despatie; 2002 triathlon gold medalist Simon Whitfield; multiple medal winners
Blythe Hartley and Émilie Heymans; freestyle wrestling gold medalist Daniel Igali and many
The Games have featured countless memorable moments throughout the years, such as
1954’s “Miracle Mile” race between Roger Banister and John Landy in Vancouver; Canadian
swimmer Graham Smith setting a then-Games record with six gold medals in Edmonton in 1978; Australia’s remarkable Ian Thorpe winning four gold medals in 1998 followed-up by another six in 2002, and most recently Canadian rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Orlando winning six gold medals at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.
“We’re excited to once again be Canada’s broadcaster for The Commonwealth Games,” said
Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales &
Marketing. “CBC has a long and proud history of providing Canadians with the best in amateur
sports from around the world. The Games began a rich tradition of world-class competition in
Canada in 1930, and there is no better place for coverage of this tremendous event than on
The Commonwealth Games made its debut as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada in 1930. Since then, 16 cities from around the world have welcomed amateur athletes
from more than 70 nations and territories from every continent. Top athletes compete in aquatics; archery; athletics; badminton; boxing; cycling; gymnastics; field hockey; lawn bowling; netball, rugby 7’s; shooting; squash; table tennis; weightlifting and wrestling. In the most recent Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in 2006, Canada finished third atop the medal count with a total of 86 medals, 26 of them gold.
Full broadcast schedules and additional details will be available in the coming months.