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Should Cornwall have its own team at the Commonwealth Games?

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

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Should the Cornish flag have been one of those proudly carried into the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games?

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THE Commonwealth Games are in full swing in Glasgow with competitors from far and wide taking part in a variety of sports.

Our home nations are represented with England, Wales and Scotland having individual teams while even the likes of the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey have their own teams.

Cornwall's own Jemma Simpson will be lining up on the start line in the 1,500m on Monday representing England - but should she be representing Cornwall? Has the time now come for Cornwall to have its own individual team taking part in these games?

In 2004 Campaign Kernow made an application for Cornwall to be included in its own right in the Commonwealth Games but its bid failed.

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Despite this setback campaigners continued with their battle, even suggesting that they might take their fight to the courts.

Now, with the Cornish recognised as a national minority under The Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities there is surely more weight to a claim that Cornwall should be able to enter its own team into the Commonwealth Games.

Size is no issue with the smallest nation to enter the games this year being South Pacific island of Niue which, with a population of 1,190, is equivalent to a small Cornish parish. The island has 26 competitors in Glasgow competing in weightlifting, athletics, shooting and lawn bowls.

And ability should be no barrier as 19 countries have never won a Commonwealth Games medal, including Eastern Caribbean island Montserrat.

Incredibly any potential entrants for a Cornwall team would not even have to have ever been here according to the BBC Sport website Michael Reive, a member of the Falkland Islands’ lawn bowls team, has never set foot on the islands he represents!

So, what do you think? Should Cornwall have its own team at the Commonwealth Games? Would you feel pride to see the Cornish flag being carried proudly into the next opening ceremony in Australia in 2018?

Let us know below.

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  • Iorlas  |  July 30 2014, 5:01PM

    stupid idea!

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  • rickoon  |  July 29 2014, 9:24PM

    If the "minority status" could be a deciding factor, perhaps the Gipsy community should apply to be part of the Commonwealth and enter a team as well, they would be sure to win the bare knuckle boxing if there is such an event. My point being, where do you draw the line?

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  • parsnippasty  |  July 29 2014, 8:37PM

    I have to agree Cavath, the minority status could be a leverage point for a team. We shall have to wait now to see if any sports team takes up the initiative, and what response is engendered.

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  • Carvath  |  July 29 2014, 9:09AM

    More assumptions and making things up again Rickoon! I'm sure people who want Cornwall to be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games and other sporting events have Cornwall's best interest at heart. The granting of National Minority status allows another look at this. Rickoon please note, all things you have argued against for Cornwall have in fact come to pass. Is it not time that you question your stance on these topics?

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  • rickoon  |  July 29 2014, 8:34AM

    The minority within a minority are wanting this all for the wrong reasons, nothing to do with sport or competing against other Commonwealth teams. This minority few would do well by keeping well out the way, they will spoil any real chances if Cornwall did want their own team, because their whole attitude is right against why the games were first set up, and nothing to do with the Commonwealth Games Spirit at all.

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  • Carvath  |  July 29 2014, 12:35AM

    The change of emphasis will involve the right for Cornwall to compete as an entity, something that at present is not allowed. Whether people want to represent that entity or another is a different story, although important at the time of course.

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  • parsnippasty  |  July 28 2014, 10:47PM

    I doubt it Carvath. The determining factor will be whether the young person or adult wants to represent England or Cornwall. Of course it may present an opportunity for some who would not make the England side to participate in the games, and who would deny them that chance? As I say, it's for those who put time, effort and money into young people's sports associations, and the sportsperson themselves, to make this call, not those who want to do it for political ends, that would be wrong. (Edited to remove spelling mistakes.)

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  • parsnippasty  |  July 28 2014, 10:44PM

    I doubt it Carvath. The determining factor will be whether the young person or adult wants to represent England or Cornwall. Of course it may present an opportunity for some who would not make the England side to participate in the games, and who woudl deny them that chance? Ad I say,m it's for those who put time, effort and money into young people's sports associations, and the sportsperson themselves, to make this call, not those who want to do it for political ends, that would be wrong.

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  • Carvath  |  July 28 2014, 10:12PM

    I think the granting of National Minority status may put a new emphasis on this.

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  • parsnippasty  |  July 27 2014, 10:05PM

    There was a long standing campaign to have a Cornish Commonwealth Games team, it failed miserably to gain support, and was on and off like.... well you know what like... Do the athletic clubs of Cornwall, and the various sporting bodies who do all the hard work encouraging young people in sport in Cornwall want a Cornish team there? If not, who are we to try to impose one on them?

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