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British Commonwealth Games 2014 -- Our British Wealth in Common

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Published on May 31, 2013

Alistair McConnachie of aForceForGood.org.uk says the British Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 are a great example of the British Wealth that we have in Common and demonstrate the immense worldwide goodwill which the United Kingdom is privileged to enjoy. He points out that of the 71 competitors, almost half of them have the Queen as their Head of State and almost one third of them fly the Union Jack. He visits the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at 1000 London Road -- a venue at Glasgow 2014 -- to tell his story.

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My name's Alistair McConnachie, it's Thursday the 30th of May 2013 and I'm here in the Great British City of Glasgow.

And I'm standing at 1000 London Road, which is the home of the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

And taken together they're going to be 1 of the 14 venues at the British Commonwealth Games, next year, between the 23rd of July and the 3rd of August.

Further down the road we have the Athletes village and directly across the road we have Celtic Park, where the Opening Ceremony is going to be held.

So, the Games are going to be here, but what is the Commonwealth all about?

Well, it's an organisation which brings together those countries that used to be members of the British Empire.

And it brings us together so we can stay as good friends for our mutual benefit.

And it is a very interesting point that virtually all the countries that used to be members of the British Empire, are very happy to be members of the Commonwealth.

Indeed, there's countries queuing up which were never part of the British Empire, wanting to join.

And already we've had Mozambique and Rwanda which have joined.

So this goodwill which Britain enjoys in the world is really quite something special.

There's 54 Members of the Commonwealth, including the United Kingdom.

But at these Games there's going to be 71 competitors.

That's because the 4 Home Nations of the United Kingdom play separately, as do the 3 Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

There's also going to be 9 of the 14 Territories which are part of what remains of the British Empire. They'll be playing.

And there's 3 islands which are part of Australia and New Zealand. They'll also be playing.

And there's 1 competitor that's suspended. So 71 in total.

So, let's look at these 71 competitors.

We spoke earlier about the "British Commonwealth Games".

Well, of these 71 competitors, 34 of them have the Queen as Head of State.

That's 48 per cent. Almost half!

Of these 71, 13 of them have the Union Jack in their national flag.

And, of course, it's also the flag of the Home Nations and the Crown Dependencies, and it's also Canada's Royal Flag.

So that's 21 of the 71, almost a third, fly the Union Jack.

These Games are going to be a Great example of the World Wide British Wealth that we have in Common.
ENDS

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