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What is the difference between the commonwealth games and the Olympics?

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September 14, 2011 9:34AM

The main differences between the Olympic and Commonwealth Games are:

  1. The counties that can compete; the olympic games are open to vistually every country in the world while the commonnwealth games are only open to counties in the British Commonwealth
  2. The events that are included are different, with less sports being in the commonwealth games however there are some events that are in the commonwealth games and not in the Olympics (e.g. lawn bowls)
  3. The Olympics started in 1896 while the commonwealth games didn't start until 1930
  4. The olympic games last occured in 2008 and will next be in 2012 while the commonwealth games last occured in 2006 and will next be in 2010.
  5. The Olympics last 3 weeks while the commonwealth games last 2 weeks