10 to watch in Glasgow
The towering Jamaican is the arguably the biggest name in world sport and his presence in Glasgow, albeit solely in the 4x100m relay, is a huge boost. The 27-year-old six-time Olympic gold medallist and double sprint world record holder ensures that the world media's attention will be focused on Scotland.
The 800m world-record holder has made an long-awaited return from injury, clocking the world's fastest two-lap this season in Glasgow earlier this month. It was Rudisha's first race since he stormed to his gold medal, in world record time, at the 2012 London Olympics, covering 800m in just over 101 seconds.
Somali-born Farah stormed to British acclaim when he won both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the London Olympics, becoming one of the "local" faces that helped set the Games out as one of the most successful ever. He went on to win the double at the Moscow world meet last year.
The Australian is rumoured to be going for a double in Glasgow, in the 100m hurdles and also the 100m. Coming back from injury, the 27-year-old has struggled this season, but will be wanting to better her outing over 100m in New Delhi four years ago, where she was stripped of the title for a dubious false-start on appeal.
New Zealand (Rugby sevens)
The 31-year-old has been with the all-conquering New Zealand rugby sevens team since 2006. The shaven-headed flanker is a stalwart of Gordon Tietjen's squad that have won all four Commonwealth Games titles and dominated the IRB world circuit.
Adams won the first Olympic women's boxing gold medal at the London Games in 2012. She started boxing at the age of 12 and had her first bout a year later. In 2007, she was the first English female to earn a medal in a major tournament when she won silver in the European Championships.
The 26-year-old Coutts has won 21 medals for Australia in major championships over the past four years. That haul included five medals (one gold) at the 2012 Olympics. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, she was the most decorated swimmer with five golds.
The 30-year-old seven-time world champion and world No. 1 completed her collection of major titles with Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi. In Glasgow, David will also be out to win Malaysia's first medal in the women's doubles with Low Wee Wern.
Meares, defending her 500m time trial and individual sprint titles in Glasgow, will equal fellow cyclist Kathy Watt's Australian record of competing at four Commonwealth Games. Meares, 30, is also a four-time world champion in the time trial and two-time Olympic gold medallist.
The 34-year-old Wiggins made history in 2012 when he became the first British rider to win the Tour de France before going on to take the gold medal in the Olympics time trial. He also had three track gold in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Was subsequently knighted for his services to the sport.