1934 British Empire Games

Sixteen nations sent a total of about 500 competitors to the London Games. In addition to the 11 nations that had competed at the 1930 Hamilton Games, making their debut at the London Games were Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and Trinidad. This was also to be the last time that Newfoundland took independent of Canada.

Six sports were featured in the Games - athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and diving, and wrestling. A highlight of the 1934 Games was the inclusion of events for women in athletics, with careful consideration given not to include events that were considered 'too exhaustive'. The running events were restricted to the short sprints and a shortened 4 x 220 yard relay instead of the 4 x 440 yard realy as per the men's program. Nevertheless this was a breakthrough for women in sport that would one day lead to full recognition and programming for women's athletics on the international stage.

The athletes oath was read by the captain for the England Athletics team, R.L. Howland as follows:-

"We declare that we are loyal subjects of His Majesty the King, Emporer, and will take part in the British Empire Games in the spirit of true sportsmanship, recognising the rules which govern them and desirous of participating in them for the honour of our Empire and the Glory of Sport."

Originally scheduled for Johannesburg, South Africa, the II Games were hosted by London, in order to avoid a political crisis over South Africa's 'Apartheid' policy and its implications on visiting Commonwealth athletes and officials.

 
Medal Tally of 1934 British Empire Games

S.No.
Nation
Medals
     Gold
      Silver
       Bronze
     Total
1
Australia
8
4
2
14
2
Bermuda
-
-
-
-
3
Canada
17
25
9
51
4
England
29
20
24
73
5
Guyana
1
-
-
1
6
India
-
-
1
1
7
Jamaica
-
1
1
2
8
New Zealand
1
-
2
3
9
Newfoundland
-
-
-
-
10
Northern Ireland
-
1
2
3
11
Scotland
5
4
17
26
12
South Africa
7
10
5
22
13
Trinidad & Tobago
-
-
-
-
14
Wales
-
3
3
6
15
Zimbabwe
-
-
2
2
Total
68
68
68
204