Can the Commonwealth Games Survive

Can the Commonwealth Games Survive? - Critical Essay
Alexander Lloyd

In this critical essay, I will be discussing The Commonwealth Games and if they can survive. I will discuss the influence they have on New Zealand and the world as a whole, as well as how they affect, others and society. I will gain a good viewpoint on the Commonwealth games through research and the opinions of my peers. I will go into great detail about the history of the games i.e. where/when they were created, countries involved, major upsets etc. and their relevance to New Zealand and the world as a whole.
My first point will be Are the commonwealth games still relevant today? My second point will be; is there a secret agenda that is behind the selection of winners and how does this compare around the world or in other sporting events? And my final point I will be investigating is; do the Commonwealth games attract the best of the best athletes?  
The Commonwealth Games (originally known as the British Empire Games) were first held in 1930, despite the idea had being around since John Ashley Cooper wrote an article saying; “Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire”, nearly 40 years prior. It was Cooper’s idea to bring the countries of the commonwealth together through sport to demonstrate the companionship and connections of the countries under the British Empire. Organisation began in 1928 and the first games were to be held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
In the original Commonwealth games, only 11 nations competed. These were;
Australia, Bermuda, British Guiana, Canada, England, Ireland, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
England won the first Commonwealth Games with a total of 60 medals, Canada came second with 54 medals and South Africa third with 18. From the initial 11 countries, a total of 400 competitors competed this has now evolved to over 6,500...