NEW DELHI (AP) — The British empire’s athletes first gathered 80 years ago, facing one another in friendly competitions as a way to bind together the king’s vast dominions.
It was 1930, a time when India was the jewel in the colonial crown, when the subcontinent was ruled by a small corps of English bureaucrats. The competition was known as the Empire Games, though even then, the empire had begun to fade.
Today, with India on the eve of opening what is now called the Commonwealth Games, that world is barely a memory. There are times when the former colonial subject speaks of its one-time master with barely hidden condescension.