As many of you know, the Olympic games are finally starting after a year-long wait and fams all over the world are so excited they can not wait to watch the event. Because of covid-19, as the world seemed to pause for a while, big sporting events were postponed. Now that the situation is better and somewhat manageable, the major events are scheduled to take place in 2021. Fans are already searching informative articles, news, facts, trivia and interesting questions about the Olympics on the internet. One of those interesting questions seems to be about the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. What exactly is the difference between the Olympics and Commonwealth Games? If you want to know the difference between these events and more information about these games, keep reading this article.
Olympic Games vs Commonwealth Games: What is the Difference Between the Two?
Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games are two different sporting events. In the Olympic games, countries from around the world can participate. In the commonwealth games, only the countries that are a part of the commonwealth nations can participate. The commonwealth nations have 52 members. Some sports are not a part of Olympic games such as netball and squash but are a part of the commonwealth games. These events also have differences when it comes to the size and the duration of the event. Let’s check out the differences in detail.
What is Commonwealth Games and Olympics?
Commonwealth Games and Olympics, both are multi-sport events involving thousands of athletes from all over the world. The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world. While Commonwealth Games is similar to the Olympics but countries with a history of British colonization are only allowed to participate. These countries are also registered under Commonwealth Act.
When were the Olympics and Commonwealth Games first played? Well, Olympics was introduced in 1896 and were hosted by Athens, Greece. Whereas the Commonwealth Games were first played at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1930. The CWG is headed by Commonwealth Games Federation while the Olympics is headed by International Olympic Committee.
Yes, yes, we know we are talking about differences. But this is an important point which everyone should know. After how many years are the Olympics and Commonwealth Games held? The answer is four. After every four years, the Olympics and Commonwealth Games are held. The hosting years are different so both events do not clash at any cost.
As we read earlier, the Commonwealth Games are only for countries with a history of British colonization. So only 71 countries participate at the CWG. While participation is open to every country of the world in Olympics. Around 204 nations participate in every edition of the Olympics.
How many athletes and officials participate in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games? Well, the number of athletes at the Olympics is huge compared to the Commonwealth games. Around 13000 athletes and 5000+ officials participate at Summer Olympics. Whereas around 4500 athletes and 1500 officials represent at Commonwealth Games.
Duration of Games
The Olympics is conducted in a very traditional way and the games conclude in the span of 17 days. Whereas, Commonwealth Games are usually scheduled for 10 days.
The Olympics program is way more vast than the Commonwealth Games program. The number of sports included at Olympics 2021 is 33 while Commonwealth Games has around 17 sports. Most of the CWG sports are individual sports. Even there are few sports that are part of CWG but not part of the Olympic program.
This is a very obvious one. Olympics, being the biggest sporting event is way more popular than Commonwealth Games.