Commonwealth Games defy harbingers of doom to stay afloat

The Commonwealth Games are sometimes seen as a quirky relic in the modern sports calendar, but former International Olympic Committee (IOC) marketing director Michael Payne says they constantly defy the harbingers of doom.

The 22nd event opens on Thursday in Birmingham, with some 5,000 athletes from 72 countries and territories – mostly former British colonies – competing in 19 sports over 11 days.

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