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Why the Commonwealth Games matter

By Richard Powers      

'At a time when some international alliances seem to be fraying and global cooperation is questioned, the Commonwealth Games unite Western nations with those in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the islands of the South Pacific,' writes Richard Powers.

The closing ceremonies of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Tigerson1995/Wikimedia Commons photograph

The Commonwealth Games are the most visible manifestation of the Commonwealth and an opportunity for athletes from participating countries to come together to compete under the inspirational spirit of sport. The Commonwealth Games brings together the values and aspirations that unite our diverse membership, promoting peace and prosperity for all regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identification.

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