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Image: The New Zealand team logo for the Commonwealth Games.

The city of Glasgow is putting the final touches on its preparations to host the 20th installment of the Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand will send a team of more than 200 athletes to compete with more than 6000 other competitors from 70 other Commonwealth nations in 17 different sports.

But with the 11 day event costing the host city more that $1 billion, questions have been asked about the sustainability of countries staging the Games in years to come.

Radio New Zealand's sport reporter, Alex Coogan-Reeves, investigates the relevance of the event in a crowded sporting landscape and what future lies ahead.