Let the Games begin. And they have.
The annual friendly competition, which began in 1958 between Hamilton and Flint, Mich., takes place this Aug. 5-7 weekend in the Steel City and the sports began on Friday after opening ceremonies took place at Brian Timmis Stadium. Once greetings were exchanged, the athletes dispersed to their billets and game venues. The competitions alternate each year between Hamilton and Flint.
The two cities will vie for bragging rights in 16 sports played throughout the city with about 1,200 athletes participating. For the initial Games, 200 athletes from each city took part.
Hamilton holds a 25-24 edge in the games with four years ending in ties.