(British Empire Games)
|Opening Ceremony … 4 Aug 1934||Host City … London, England||Closing Ceremony … 11 Aug 1934|
|Participants … 500 (aprox) athletes, 16 Commonwealth Nations|
THE 1934 GAMES WAS originally planned to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Because of that country’s Apartheid policy and the potential for a political crisis should the Games take place there, it was changed to London, England.
The 1934 Games is notable for expanding events for women athletes. The previous Games only allowed women to compete in swimming events.
Although this was a step forward, they still did not include events they considered ‘ too exhaustive’. Some Women’s events were purposely shortened in length compared to the Men’s, such as a 4 x 220 yard relay instead of 4 x 440 as the men run. Although women athletes were still restricted in their participation, it is considered a breakthrough for women leading, as we know, to full international recognition of Women’s athletics.
The 1934 Games logo is a disc with the words “British Empire Games” written around the inside. The woman between the ornate columns inside holds a wreath up to the sky. Beneath her feet are the words “London 1934”.
Top 10 Countries By Total Medals
Host country listed in bold, Australia in green.
Countries returning to the games were: Australia, Bermuda, British Guiana, Canada, England, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Scotland, South Africa, Wales. Competing for the first time were: Hong Kong, India, Irish Free State, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Rhodesia, Trinidad & Tobago.