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The Story of the Commonwealth Games

The President of the Commonwealth Games Federation is elected by members of the General Assembly (Commonwealth Games Associations) at their meeting in the year following the Commonwealth Games.

The current President is HRH Prince Imran (Malaysia), who took office in November 2011, succeeding Hon. Michael Fennell OJ, CD (Jamaica).

The President is responsible for chairing Executive Board meetings and the General Assembly and has the honour of inviting the Head of the Commonwealth to declare the Commonwealth Games open and closed during increasingly spectacular ceremonies that are an integral part of the whole event.

Prior to the Games in Kuala Lumpur, the elected Head of the Commonwealth Games Federation was the Chairman and the President held a ceremonial position akin to that now referred to as the Vice Patron, currently HRH The Earl of Wessex, CVO.

Further details about the role and process of electing the CGF President are contained in the Constitution.

Table showing the past Chairman / Presidents of the CGF at each Commonwealth Games.
Games Presidents
1930 Hamilton, Canada Chairman: Sir James Leigh-Wood K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G
1934 London, England Chairman: Sir James Leigh-Wood K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G
1938 Sydney, Australia Chairman: Sir James Leigh-Wood K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G
1950 Auckland, New Zealand Chairman: Sir Arthur Porritt, Bt., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E., F.C.S.
1954 Vancouver, Canada Chairman: Sir Arthur Porritt, Bt., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E., F.C.S.
1958 Cardiff, Wales Chairman: Sir Arthur Porritt, Bt., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E., F.C.S.
1962 Perth, Australia Chairman: Sir Arthur Porritt, Bt., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E., F.C.S.
1966 Kingston, Jamaica Chairman: Sir Arthur Porritt, Bt., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E., F.C.S.
1970 Edinburgh, Scotland Chairman: Sir Alexander Ross
1974 Christchurch, New Zealand Chairman: Sir Alexander Ross
1978 Edmonton, Canada Chairman: Sir Alexander Ross
1982 Brisbane, Australia Chairman: Sir Alexander Ross
1986 Edinburgh, Scotland Chairman: Sir Peter Heatly, CBE., DL
1990 Auckland, New Zealand Chairman: Sir Peter Heatly, CBE., DL
1994 Victoria, Canada Chairman: A. de O Sales, CBE
1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia President: Hon. Michael Fennell OJ., CD
2002 Manchester, England President: Hon. Michael Fennell OJ., CD
2006 Melbourne, Australia President: Hon. Michael Fennell OJ., CD
2010 Delhi, India President: Hon. Michael Fennell OJ., CD


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