Mr Brain's Explores the History of the Commonwealth Games

Despite the World Cup in Rio coming to an end, the 2014 summer of sport is far from over. The team at Mr Brain’s has been delving into the history of the Commonwealth Games which are almost as old as our delicious faggots!

The first games were held in 1930 (just 5 years after Herbert Hill first started making his hearty family meals). Since its start, the event has taken place every four years except from in 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War. During the original games, only 400 athletes took part from 11 different countries, whereas today 6,500 athletes and officials will participate from 71 Commonwealth nations.

Originally known as the British Empire Games, the event has taken place twice already in Scotland. The Games first occurred in Scotland in Edinburgh in 1970 and then again in 1986. Scotland is positioned 7th on the overall Commonwealth Games table with 92 gold, 104 silver and 160 bronze medals. Whilst Australia leads the way with an outstanding 803 gold medals and is the only nation to have won a total of over 2,000 medals in the history of the Games.

Interestingly, the Commonwealth Games are only made up of 10 core sports. The host nation is then allowed to select an additional 7 sports of their choice. Glasgow 2014 will feature the biggest ever number of para-sport medal events in the history of the Games. For the first time, para-athletes will be able to take part in Track Cycling as well as Athletics, Swimming, Powerlifting and Lawn Bowls.

Just like Mr Brain’s, the Commonwealth Games are steeped in history and continue to be popular today; a tasty Mr Brain’s faggots meal is the perfect companion for watching the events unfold in Glasgow this year.

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