Australia’s hegemony in the Commonwealth Games continues unabated. In the XXI Commonwealth Games, which concluded on 15 April at the picturesque Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast city, Queensland, Australia, comprising a large contingent of 409 competitors and 184 officials, won 80 gold, 59 silver, and 59 bronze medals triumphantly.
The Aussies were very much dominant in swimming with 19 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze medals. In athletics: 8 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals, and cycling (7 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals).
In the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Australia bagged 49 gold, 42 silver and 46 bronze medals.
Australia’s 198 medals in Gold Coast apparently shows how well Australia had prepared to compete in the Commonwealth Games.
The sports infrastructure in Australia is fabulous unlike in a majority of Commonwealth countries.
Australia has full backing of the Federal and State Governments in terms of equipment support, coaching and funding.
A good number of Commonwealth countries do not have these facilities which is evident from the fact that out of 71 Commonwealth countries which participated in Gold Coast, 32 countries could not win even a single medal.
The coaches in Australia are pretty committed and deserve rewards from the Federal and State governments for putting Australia on a top of world sports.
During the XXI Commonwealth Games England came in second place with 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze medals.
In third place was India, with 26 gold, 20 silver, and 20 bronze medals while New Zealand had won 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals. The Kiwis came in fifth place behind Canada.
J S Saini and Tapan Bose, former chief national coaches in India in athletics, and table tennis respectively, told AMUST that a country of over a billion people should have done still better.
The sports budget in India is very low compared to many other countries and training facilities are meagre which is pulling back India from participating more effectively in international competitions.
The Commonwealth Games are just sports extravaganza for countries which were or are under the British crown.
First it was British Empire Games in 1930, 1934, 1938 and 1950. Then it was British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966. In 1970 and 1974 it was British Commonwealth Games, and since 1978 it has been called the Commonwealth Games.
The real prowess of sportspersons is seen in the Olympic Games.