Gabon and Togo have been voted in as members of the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF], bringing the total number of independent member nations and territories to 74, the highest it has ever been.
Commonwealth Games Association [CGA] representatives from Gabon and Togo are in attendance at the General Assembly and joined workshop sessions, as well as the Africa Regional Meeting.
Joining the Commonwealth Sport family presents a transformative opportunity, with Gabon and Togo now able to participate in Games and Development programmes that have far-reaching, positive impacts on athletes and communities alike. The admission of the two nations also demonstrates the continued growth and appeal of the Commonwealth Sport Movement.
Dame Louise Martin, President of the CGF, remarked: “I am pleased to today welcome Gabon and Togo into the Commonwealth Sport family. They bring unique perspectives and culture that will enrich our Movement and further extend its reach.”
The General Assembly also featured an update on progress since the withdrawal of the State of Victoria from hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games. It highlighted the on-going work being done across four regions to secure a host, as well as how innovative concepts are being explored for future Games – a key commitment of Commonwealth United, the CGF’s Strategic Plan 2023-2034.
Katie Sadleir, Chief Executive Officer of the CGF, commented: “We have updated our members on the extensive work being done to find a solution for the Games that is in the best interest of athletes and the wider Commonwealth Sport Movement, and have had constructive and forward-looking discussions. We are acutely aware that timeframes are tight and are committed to providing greater clarity in early 2024.”