|Awarded to New Zealand, the IV Games were held at the nation’s largest city, Auckland. New Zealand had never been the focus of so much sporting attention and the hosts responded in a most magnificent and hospitable manner.
The opening ceremony at Eden Park was attended by 40,000 spectators, whilst nearly 250,000 people attended the Auckland Games as event spectators – a phenomenal audience given the remoteness of New Zealand in 1950.
Twelve countries sent a total of 495 male and 95 female competitors to Auckland, whilst debutant nations included Malaysia and Nigeria.
Nine sports featured at the Auckland Games – track and field, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.