Commonwealth Winter Games

The Commonwealth Winter Games was a multi-sport event comprising winter sports, last held in 1966. Three editions of the Games have been staged. The Winter Games were designed as a counterbalance to the Commonwealth Games, which focuses on summer sports, to accompany the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympic Games.

History

The winter Games were founded by T.D. Richardson.[1] The 1958 Commonwealth Winter Games[2] were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[3] This was the inaugural games for the winter edition.[1] The 1962 Games were also held in St. Moritz, complementing the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia,[4] and the 1966 event was held in St. Moritz as well,[5] following which the idea was discontinued.

A Winter Games was proposed for 2010 in India, complementing the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The proposed venue was Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir,[6] where the Indian National Winter Games had previously been held,[7] but the idea did not come to fruition.

List of Commonwealth Winter Games

EditionYearLocation
I1958 St. Moritz, Switzerland
II1962 St. Moritz, Switzerland
III1966 St. Moritz, Switzerland
IV2010 Gulmarg, India (cancelled)

See also

References

  1. 1 2 Semanticus.info, T.D. Richardson Archived 2014-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 7 July 2012)
  2. CBC News, Canadian Ski Museum in trouble, 15 March 2011, Ashley Burke (accessed 7 July 2012)
  3. NZ Collector Services St. Moritz 1958 Commonwealth Winter Games silver medal (accessed 7 July 2012)
  4. Biography of Christine Smith at sports-reference.com
  5. Antiques Reporter AU, St. Mortiz 1966 Commonwealth Winter Games bronze medal (accessed 7 July 2012)
  6. "Artificial snow to extend winter games season in Gulmarg". Hindustan Times. 25 February 2007.
  7. "2010 Commonwealth winter sports to be held in Kashmir: Azad". Press Trust of India. 6 January 2006.
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