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The Commonwealth Games Family

The Commonwealth is an association of independent sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean. The Commonwealth’s two billion people make up 30% of the world’s population and come of many faiths, races, languages, cultures and traditions.

The Commonwealth Games Family is best described as all persons who are entitled to accreditation at the Games under the provisions of the CGF.

Below are some of the groups that make up the Commonwealth Games Family.


The CGF is the governing body of the Commonwealth Games, with overall responsibility for the direction and control of the Games. The Patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Vice Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, KCVO.

Officers and members include:

  • President, Executive Board members, Committees, Staff and Distinguished Guests of the CGF
  • Secretary General of the Commonwealth
  • Sovereigns and Heads of State and Government (including royalty)
  • Future Organising Committees
  • World Anti Doping Association
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport


The CGAs are the 71 recognised organisations responsible for preparing, selecting and sending a team of athletes and support staff to compete in each Commonwealth Games.

  • Athletes
  • Presidents and Secretaries General
  • Chefs de Mission
  • Team Officials (Coaches, Media, Medical, Administrative)
  • Special Guests
  • International Federations


The IFs are responsible for administering at a world level each of the 17 sports on the 2014 programme.

  • Presidents and Secretaries General
  • Technical Delegates
  • Federation staff
  • Technical Officials


These comprise the accredited media, television and radio broadcast organisations, which have the responsibility of reporting the Games to the world.

  • Rights holding broadcast executives and production, technical and support personnel
  • Host broadcast executives and production, technical and support personnel
  • Journalists
  • Photographers
  • Electronic press personnel


The Games Sponsors comprise the approved individuals and companies that provide cash and/or goods and services to support the Games in exchange for marketing rights.

  • Sponsor individuals
  • Representatives from Sponsor companies


The Games workforce is comprised of individuals and/or organisations providing staff responsible for planning and operating the Games.

  • Employees
  • Secondees
  • Volunteers

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