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1970 British Commonwealth Games

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Host city  Edinburgh, Scotland
Athletes participating  1,744 (inc. officials)
Closing ceremony  25 July 1970
Nations participating  42
Opening ceremony  16 July 1970
1970 British Commonwealth Games
Events  121 events in 10 sports

The 1970 British Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 16 July to 25 July 1970. This was the first time the name British Commonwealth Games was adopted, the first time metric units rather than imperial units were used in events, and also the first time the games were held in Scotland. Also, these games saw the first unique Games trademark logo: an emblem showing the Games emblem intertwined with a St Andrews Cross and a thistle. They were followed by the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games for wheelchair athletes.


Participating teams

42 teams were represented at the 1970 Games.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).


In August 1966, the bid vote was held in Jamaica. Edinburgh with 18 votes beat Christchurch, New Zealand with 11. In December of the following year, an appeal fund was launched, aiming to raise £200,000 towards the cost of running the games.

Medals by country

  • * = First medal in the British Commonwealth Games.
  • Swimming

    Men's events
    Women's events


    1970 British Commonwealth Games Wikipedia