For the first time in its 68-year history, the Commonwealth Games were held in Asia. The XVI Games, held in Kuala Lumpur were also the first Games to feature team sports – an overwhelming success that added large numbers to both participators and TV audience numbers.
Fifteen sports were featured in the Kuala Lumpur.
Participating Countries: 70 countries
Participants: 5,250 athletes and officials
Sports/Disciplines: Games – aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, netball, lawn bowls, rugby 7s, shooting, tenpin bowling, weightlifting and wrestling.
The top five countries in the medal standing were Australia, England, Canada, Malaysia and South Africa. Nauru also achieved an impressive haul of three gold medals.