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18th Commonwealth Games
18th Commonwealth Games
Host city Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Motto United by the moment
Nations participating 71[1]
Athletes participating Approximately 4,500
Events 247 in 16 sports
Opening ceremony 15 March 2006
Closing ceremony 26 March 2006
Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II
Athlete's Oath Adam Pine
Queen's Baton Final Runner John Landy
Main Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground

The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia between 15 March and 26 March 2006. It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, eclipsing the 1956 Summer Olympics in terms of the number of teams competing, athletes competing, and events being held.

The site for the opening and closing ceremonies was the Melbourne Cricket Ground which was also used during Melbourne's 1956 Olympic Games. The mascot for the games was Karak, a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (a threatened species).[2]

Organisation

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Cost and development

Comm Games 2006 finale.JPG
2006 Commonwealth Games

Early concerns arose about the large cost of staging the Games, with projected costs likely to be over 1 billion Australian dollars and a high likelihood the Victorian taxpayer would have to cover the expense. The cost was described in some local media as excessive. National Party leader Peter Ryan said that the Labor government should win "gold (medal) for burning money" [2] However, not all of this money was wasted. Prior to the Games, accountants at KPMG were estimating that the gross income generated by this event could be as high as 1.5 billion dollars.

Melbourne's premier sporting ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), was redeveloped in preparation for the Games. An athlete's village in the inner suburb of Parkville housed approximately 7,000 athletes and support staff during the Games, and has been transformed into commercial housing with a distinctly eco-friendly image. The creation of this village attracted controversy, with critics claiming it was created by alienating public parkland, while proponents maintained that it represented the renewal of an otherwise derelict inner-city area.[3]

The change from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in Australian states that follow it was delayed from 26 March to 2 April for 2006 to avoid affecting the games. In addition, state and private schools amended their usual term times so as to allow the first term holidays to coincide with the Games.[4]

Melbourne's public transport system - train, tram and bus - ran to altered timetables with some amended or substituted services for the duration of the Games. For the most part, timetabled services were unchanged but suffered due to higher loads.[5]

For the first time ever, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games appointed a Goodwill Partner, Plan International Australia.[6]

Venues

The following venues were used at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The sport(s) which were played at that venue is listed after it.

Melbourne venues

Melbourne Cricket Ground — venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics competition
A panoramic view of the interior of Telstra Dome
venue for Rugby 7s
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre - Outdoor Swimming Pool

Regional and suburban venues

Ballarat
Ballarat Minerdome: Basketball with Tim O'Shea
Bendigo
Bendigo Stadium: Basketball
Wellsford Rifle Range: Full Bore Shooting
Geelong
Geelong Arena: Basketball
Lysterfield Park
State Mountain Bike Course: Mountain Bike Cycling
Traralgon
Traralgon Sports Stadium: Basketball

Broadcasting

Calendar

   ●    Opening ceremony    ●    Event competitions    ●    Event finals    ●    Closing ceremony
March 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th
Ceremonies
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Cycling
Diving
Gymnastics ●●●●● ●●●●● ●● ●●●●
Hockey
Lawn Bowls
Netball
Rugby 7s
Shooting
Squash
Swimming
Synchronised Swimming
Table tennis
Triathlon
Weightlifting
March 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th

Games

Opening ceremony

Both the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Yarra River were centrepieces for the ceremony, which included many fireworks, and other spectacle. The Games were opened by Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen is also Head of State of a number of Commonwealth countries, including Australia.

Sports

Melbourne 2006 XVIII Commonwealth Game - Fish Boats on Yarra River

The 2006 Commonwealth Games included 16 sports, with 12 individual sports and 4 team sports. In total there are 247 events at the Games.

  • The athletics, swimming, table tennis and weightlifting sports included fully integrated events for elite athletes with a disability (EAD). These events were included in the official medal tally.

Closing ceremony

Both the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Yarra River were again centrepieces for the ceremony. Samresh Jung of India was given the David Dixon Award at the closing ceremony. He was the "Best Athlete of the 18th Commonwealth Games". The games were closed by HRH Prince Edward.

Medal table

Leisel Jones won four gold medals in the swimming competition, sweeping the breaststroke events and the medley relay.
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia 84 69 68 221
2  England 36 40 34 110
3  Canada 26 29 31 86
4  India 22 17 11 50
5  South Africa 12 13 13 38
6  Scotland 11 7 11 29
7  Jamaica 10 4 8 22
8  Malaysia 7 12 10 29
9  New Zealand 6 12 13 31
10  Kenya 6 5 7 18

Participation

Countries and places competing at the games

There were 71 countries, territories and bodies competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games[7]. The only difference between the 2006 games and the 2002 games was the absence of Zimbabwe, which withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations.


Missing athletes

On 20 March 2006 it was reported that two athletes had gone missing from the Commonwealth Games village: Tanzanian boxer Omari Idd Kimweri and Bangladeshi runner Mohammad Tawhidul Islam.[8][9]

On 22 March 2006 it was reported that seven athletes from Sierra Leone (three women and four men) had also disappeared. A further seven Sierra Leonean athletes also went missing during the course of the Games, bringing the total runaway count to fourteen (two thirds of the team). Victoria Police believed that they had fled to Sydney where the Sierra Leonean community is much larger than Melbourne's.

Two hours before the Closing Ceremony on 26 March, officials from the Cameroon team reported to police that nine of their members had also vanished.

These incidents were not without precedent: 27 athletes similarly disappeared from the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England (21 from Sierra Leone, 5 from Bangladesh and one from Pakistan), and over 80 athletes and officials overstayed their visas after the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[10]

On request of Sierra Leone officials, the Commonwealth Games Federation cancelled those athletes' Games accreditation, allowing the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) to cancel their visas at midnight on 27 March, and begin investigating their disappearance.

At 7.20am on that day, New South Wales Police located six of the Sierra Leonean athletes in a house at Freshwater near Manly Beach in Sydney. All six indicated they wished to seek political asylum in Australia, and were granted bridging visas by DIMA while their refugee applications were arranged. The athletes claimed to have been subjected to violence and torture in their home country; seventeen-year-old Isha Conteh stated she could be forced into female genital cutting if she returned.[11] On Tuesday 28 March, six further Sierra Leoneans turned themselves in to immigration authorities in Sydney and were also granted bridging visas.[12]

Two of the missing Cameroon athletes were later found in Perth, Western Australia.

References

External links

Official websites
Other sites
Political opposition to the Games


Simple English

The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Australia between March 15 and March 26, 2006. It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, since the 1956 Summer Olympics.

The site for the opening and closing ceremonies was the Melbourne Cricket Ground which was also used during Melbourne's 1956 Olympic Games.

The mascot for the games was Karak, a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

Contents

Sports

The 2006 Commonwealth Games included 16 sports, with 12 individual sports and 4 team sports. In total there are 247 events at the Games. Four of these sports are further broken down into separate disciplines, making a total of 24 disciplines:

  • Aquatics: diving, swimming, synchronised swimming.
  • Cycling: track, road, mountain bike.
  • Gymnastics: artistic, rhythmic.
  • Shooting: clay target, pistol, small bore and air rifle, full bore rifle.

Medals table

2006 Commonwealth Games medal count
Pos Country [[File:|Gold]] [[File:|Silver]] [[File:|Bronze]] Total
1 File:Flag of Australia 84 69 68 221
2 File:Flag of England 36 40 34 110
3 File:Flag of Canada 26 29 31 86
4 File:Flag of India 22 17 11 50
5 File:Flag of South South Africa 12 13 13 38
6 File:Flag of Scotland 11 7 11 29
7 File:Flag of Jamaica 10 4 8 22
8 File:Flag of Malaysia 7 12 10 29
9 File:Flag of New New Zealand 6 12 13 31
10 File:Flag of Kenya 6 5 7 18
11 File:Flag of Singapore 5 6 7 18
12 File:Flag of Nigeria 4 6 7 17
13 File:Flag of Wales 3 5 11 19
14 File:Flag of Cyprus 3 1 2 6
15 File:Flag of Ghana 2 0 1 3
File:Flag of Uganda 2 0 1 3
17 File:Flag of Pakistan 1 3 1 5
18 File:Flag of Papua New Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 2
19 File:Flag of the Isle of Isle of Man 1 0 1 2
File:Flag of Namibia 1 0 1 2
File:Flag of Tanzania 1 0 1 2
22 File:Flag of Sri Sri Lanka 1 0 0 1
23 File:Flag of Mauritius 0 3 0 3
24 File:Flag of the Bahamas 0 2 0 2
[[File:|20px|]] Northern Ireland 0 2 0 2
26 File:Flag of Cameroon 0 1 2 3
27 File:Flag of Botswana 0 1 1 2
File:Flag of Malta 0 1 1 2
File:Flag of Nauru 0 1 1 2
30 File:Flag of Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
File:Flag of Grenada 0 1 0 1
File:Flag of Lesotho (1987-2006).svg Lesotho 0 1 0 1
33 File:Flag of Trinidad and Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 3 3
34 File:Flag of the Seychelles 0 0 2 2
35 File:Flag of Barbados 0 0 1 1
File:Flag of Fiji 0 0 1 1
File:Flag of Mozambique 0 0 1 1
File:Flag of Samoa 0 0 1 1
File:Flag of Swaziland 0 0 1 1
245 244 254 743

Calendar

   ●   Opening ceremony   ●   Event competitions    ●   Event finals   ●   Closing ceremony
March 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th
Ceremonies
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Cycling
Diving
Gymnastics ●●●●●●●●●● ●●●●●●
Hockey
Lawn Bowls ●●●●
Netball
Rugby Sevens
Shooting
Squash
Swimming
Synchronised Swimming
Table tennis
Triathlon
Weightlifting
March 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th

Venues

The following venues were used at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The sport(s) which were played at that venue is listed after it.

Melbourne venues

  • Docklands Precinct: Walks
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and Athletics
  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre: Badminton, Boxing and Weightlifting
  • Melbourne Gun Club: Clay Target Shooting
  • Melbourne International Shooting Club: Small Bore and Pistol Shooting
  • Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre: Aquatics, Squash and Table tennis
  • Multi Purpose Venue (Melbourne Park): Basketball Finals, Track Cycling and Netball Finals
  • Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne Park): Gymnastics
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Circuit: Cycling Road Race events
  • State Lawn Bowls Centre: Lawn Bowls
  • State Netball Hockey Centre: Netball and Hockey
  • St Kilda Foreshore and Beach Road: Triathlon and Cycling Time Trial
  • Telstra Dome: Rugby 7s

Other venues

Ballarat
Ballarat Minerdome: Basketball
Bendigo
Bendigo Stadium: Basketball
Wellsford Rifle Range: Full Bore Shooting
Geelong
Geelong Arena: Basketball
Lysterfield Park
State Mountain Bike Course: Mountain Bike Cycling
Traralgon
Traralgon Sports Stadium: Basketball

Other Notees

Melbourne's public transport system (Metlink) - train, tram and bus - had changed timetables for the Games.

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