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Melbourne 2006

The Games at a Glance

Do you know which city is hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games? Or how many volunteers are required at the 2006 Games?

  • Melbourne is hosting the 18th Commonwealth Games (between 15-26 March 2006).
  • Melbourne is the fourth Australian city to host the Games after Sydney (1938), Perth (1962) and Brisbane (1982).
  • The first Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games and were played in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi, India in 2010.
  • The Commonwealth Games program must consist of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 sports, with five compulsory sports: athletics, swimming, lawn bowls, rugby sevens (men) and netball (women).
  • There were six sports played in 1930 and 1934, seven sports in 1938, nine sports from 1950 to 1974 and 10 sports from 1978 to 1994. In 1998 there were 15 sports and, in 2002, there were 17.
  • In 2006, there will be 16 sports and 24 disciplines played, including 12 individual and four team sports (basketball, hockey, rugby sevens and netball).
  • Basketball is being played for the first time at the 2006 Games.
  • Athletics, boxing and swimming are the only sports to have been played at every Games.
  • The nations that make up the Commonwealth represent more than a third of the world's population - 1.7 billion people.
  • 6000 athletes and officials will take part in the 2006 Games (in 1998, there were 5068 athletes and officials and, in 2002, there were 5474).
  • Melbourne has a population of nearly 3.5 million people.
  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as track and field sports.
  • 15,000 volunteers are required to help at the 2006 Games.
  • The dining hall at the 2006 Games Village will cater for 20,000 meals per day.
  • 71 nations will participate in the Commonwealth Games (including some of the world's largest populations such as India with 935 million people, and some of the world's smallest populations, such as St Helena with 320 people).
  • A Bristol weightlifter called Dave Prowse represented England in 1962 – he later played Darth Vader in Star Wars.