Today, April 4 marks the beginning of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The coming two weeks will see thousands of athletes from 70 Commonwealth countries and territories compete in 18 sports and 7 para-sports. Google is celebrating the beginning of the mega event with a doodle, wherein one of the Google ”Os” takes us through various sports in the Games, including boxing, lawn bowls, para-cycling, and netball. In this quest for a medal, each sportsperson will be fighting it hard to prove his/her mettle in his/her respective sport. The official mascot for the season is a blue koala called Borobi whose looks are inspired by a drawing by a Brisbane schoolteacher named Merrilyn Krohn. Borobi will be seen cheering the athletes throughout the competition.

Held once in four years, the multi-sport event launched in 1930 when 11 countries from the Commonwealth of Nations sent athletes to Ontario, Canada, to partake in what were then called the British Empire Games. At that time, the Games consisted of only six sports- athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, and wrestling.

While the nature of the Games is competitive, the sole aim is to foster camaraderie and sportsmanship. Since 1930, the CWG has taken place every four years, excluding 1942 and 1946, and have grown in teams, athletes, events, and traditions.

As per Google Doodle, it’s just been three months and the year 2018 has already started setting records. 2018 features the largest integrated program of events and para-events. Also, for the first time, women will compete for the same number of medals as men.