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Thousands of athletes compete in the Commonwealth Games

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Roanoke (WSLS) - Thousands of athletes are in the Roanoke Valley this weekend competing in the Commonwealth Games.

Organizers estimate about 4,000 athletes will compete before Sunday night.

The event draws people from all over the state, offering a big boost for local businesses.

The Commonwealth Games will continue through Sunday. There will be more events taking place later in the Summer and Fall.