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Team Nigeria At The Commonwealth Games: Appearances, Medals Won

Team Nigeria At The Commonwealth Games: Appearances, Medals Won

The Commonwealth Games first took place in 1930, in Hamilton, Canada and has taken place every four years since then, except in 1942 and 1946, owing to the Second World War (1938 to 1945).

Founded by Canadian journalist and sports executive, Melville Marks Robinson, it was initially known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and the British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974.

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The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games will hold in Birmingham, England from 28 July to 8 August, and Team Nigeria will be making its 15th appearance, having competed at 14 previous editions of the Games since making its debut in 1950.

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Aside from its absence at the first three editions of the Commonwealth Games, Team Nigeria did not attend four other Games, in 1962, 1978, 1986, and 1998. In 1978, in Edmonton, Canada, Team Nigeria boycotted the Games in protest at New Zealand’s sporting policies towards South Africa during apartheid, while its absence in 1998 was due to the country’s suspension by the Commonwealth.

Team Nigeria has won at least one medal at every Games attended, including a high of 37 in 1994.

Team Nigeria’s All-time medal tally of Commonwealth Games

Games                    Gold  Silver  Bronze  Total
1950 Auckland       0         1            0          1
1954 Vancouver     1         3            3          7
1958 Cardiff            0         1            1          2
1962 Perth               did not attend
1966 Kingston         3         4            3         10
1970 Edinburgh       2         0            0         2
1974 Christchurch  3         3            4         10
1978 Edmonton      did not attend
1982 Brisbane         5         0            8         13
1986 Edinburgh       did not attend
1990 Auckland        5         13         7          25
1994 Victoria           11       13        13         37
1998 Kuala Lumpur   did not attend (suspended)
2002 Manchester   5          3          11         19
2006 Melbourne     4          6          7            17
2010 Delhi               11        8          14          33
2014 Glasgow         11       11        14          36
2018 Gold Coast.    9         9           6            24
2022 Birmingham   ?          ?          ?               ?
Total                          70      75        91         236

 

 

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