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1934 British Empire Games —
London United Kingdom

Rowing was not included as a sport.

The AARC was bitterly disappointed that neither rowing nor sculling was included in the programme. The following protest was issued:

"That the Australian Amateur Rowing Council express its astonishment and keen disappointment that such prominent sports as rowing and sculling have been omitted from the programme of the British Empire Games, most particularly when the Games are being held in the heart of the Empire, which is the home of the two sports mentioned."

This resolution was adopted by the Australian Empire Games Association with the further resolution:

"That a definite programme respecting British Empire Games be drawn up to include all major sports and only in cases where any particular sport, through practical competitive conditions not being available, could they be deleted."

In his report, the Australian delegate to the British Empire Games Association stated that the finalisation of the events was to be left to the financial guarantors; in the case of the London Games this was decided by the directors of White City and Wembley Stadia.

The Commonwealth Games Federation web site reports:

"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, Emperor, 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."


Cover of 1934 Official Programme and Handbook


"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."


"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 relay 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."

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