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The 2006 Commonwealth Games, officially the XVIII Commonwealth Games, were held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australia
between 15 and 26 March 2006. It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, eclipsing the 1956 Summer Olympics
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).[3] For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
the Queen's Baton visited every single Commonwealth nation and territory taking part in the Games, a journey of 180,000 km (112,500 miles). The relay ended when the Governor of Victoria, and former Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
medallist, John Landy delivered the baton to Her Majesty the Queen at the Melbourne
Melbourne
Cricket Ground during the opening ceremony.

Contents

1 Organisation

1.1 Host selection 1.2 Cost 1.3 Development 1.4 Venues

1.4.1 Melbourne
Melbourne
venues 1.4.2 Regional and suburban venues

1.5 Broadcasting

2 Logo 3 Mascot 4 Games

4.1 Opening ceremony 4.2 Sports

5 Calendar

5.1 Closing ceremony 5.2 Medal table

6 Participating teams 7 Controversies

7.1 Missing athletes

8 References 9 External links

Organisation[edit]

The Queen's Baton Relay

Host selection[edit] During the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, two cities initially expressed interest in hosting the event; Melbourne
Melbourne
and Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington
Wellington
withdrew its bid, citing the costs involved with matching the bid plan presented by Melbourne, which became the default host without members of the Federation going to vote.[4][5] Cost[edit] 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" [3] However, not all of this money was wasted. The actual costs for hosting the games was 1.144 billion dollars & 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. Development[edit] Melbourne's premier sporting ground, the Melbourne
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.[6] The change from Daylight Saving Time
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.[7] 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.[8] For the first time ever, the Melbourne
Melbourne
2006 Commonwealth Games appointed a Goodwill Partner, Plan International Australia.[9] Venues[edit] The following venues were used at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The sport(s) that were played at that venue are listed after it. Melbourne
Melbourne
venues[edit]

Melbourne
Melbourne
Cricket Ground

Melbourne
Melbourne
Sports and Aquatic Centre

Melbourne
Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre

Multi Purpose Venue ( Melbourne
Melbourne
Park)

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

Regional and suburban venues[edit]

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

Opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
at Melbourne, Australia.

Broadcasting[edit]

Qantas Airlines showcasing the logo of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The host broadcaster was Trans World International, while the domestic rights-holding broadcaster was the Nine Network
Nine Network
in Australia. They showed rolling coverage, except for a break for the evening news and overnight. In Australia
Australia
Fox Sports broadcast the Games on eight dedicated digital Pay-TV channels. These were available on the Foxtel, Austar
Austar
and Optus Vision networks. The BBC
BBC
covered the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
on BBC One and BBC
BBC
Two. BBCi included a choice of two extra video streams on Freeview and four streams on Digital Satellite
Satellite
and Cable [4]. Users with broadband in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
could also view all 5 video streams on bbc.co.uk, and the BBC
BBC
Sport website. CBC, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Country Canada
CBC Country Canada
aired a daily one-hour highlights show of the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
in Canada. Compared to past games, the CBC's coverage was minimally staffed, with commentary from other broadcasting partners. At first, they did not even consider bidding for the broadcasting rights [5] due to scheduling conflicts with events Canadians are more interested in, such as the Tim Hortons Brier, World Figure Skating Championships, and the 2006 Winter Paralympics (which itself had been reduced to five-to-ten-minute daily coverage). None of Canada's metropolitan newspapers sent any journalists to report on the Games, instead relying on news agencies TVNZ
TVNZ
covered the games for the residents of New Zealand In Malaysia, TV1 broadcast live coverage of the Games for three hours starting at 10 am Malaysian time and for two hours starting at 3 pm, with highlights at 12:30 am. Satellite
Satellite
provider Astro included three dedicated channels to broadcast the Games live to its Sports package subscribers, in addition to delayed broadcast 24 hours later. Singapore's MediaCorp
MediaCorp
TV had supposedly not broadcast the games due to the high cost of telecast rights, satellite charges and the lack of sponsors. However, on 17 March, the MediaCorp
MediaCorp
found other sponsors which is the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the Singapore Sports Council. Broadcast started from 18 March till the end of the games. [6] In the United States, selected coverage was carried by Fox College Sports. Altogether an estimated 4 billion viewers watched the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
worldwide.

Logo[edit] The logo of the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
is an image of 2 figures, which represents sport and culture, achievement and excellence, while the colours green, yellow, and red represents celebratory, fresh and youthfully optimistic character of Melbourne
Melbourne
city. The two figures in the logo joined together to form a letter M, which is the initial letter of Melbourne, the games host city.[10] Mascot[edit] Karak was the mascot for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was modelled on a red-tailed black cockatoo, a threatened species within the host country, Australia.[11][12] Games[edit] Further information: 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
highlights Opening ceremony[edit] Main article: 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
opening ceremony Both the Melbourne
Melbourne
Cricket Ground and the Yarra River
Yarra River
were centrepieces for the ceremony, which included many fireworks, and other spectacle. The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen is also Head of State of a number of Commonwealth countries. Sports[edit] Main article: Events at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Melbourne
Melbourne
2006 XVIII Commonwealth Game – Fish Boats on Yarra River

The 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
included 17 sports, with 12 individual sports and 4 team sports. In total there are 245 events at the Games.

Aquatics (details)

Diving Swimming Synchronized swimming

Athletics (details) Badminton
Badminton
(details) Basketball
Basketball
(details) Boxing
Boxing
(details)

Cycling
Cycling
(details)

Road Track Mountain biking

Gymnastics
Gymnastics
(details)

Artistic gymnastics Rhythmic gymnastics

Field hockey
Field hockey
(details)

Lawn bowls
Lawn bowls
(details) Netball
Netball
(details) Rugby sevens
Rugby sevens
(details) Shooting (details) Squash (details) Table tennis
Table tennis
(details) Triathlon
Triathlon
(details) Weightlifting (details)

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.

Calendar[edit]

OC Opening ceremony ● Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony

March 15th Wed 16th Thu 17th Fri 18th Sat 19th Sun 20th Mon 21st Tue 22nd Wed 23rd Thu 24th Fri 25th Sat 26th Sun Events

Ceremonies OC

CC

Athletics

3 10 6 6 8 9 11

53

Badminton

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 5 5

Basketball

● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1

2

Boxing

● ● ● ● ● ● ●

11

11

Cycling

3 3 3 3

2

2

2 18

Diving

2 2 2 2

8

Gymnastics

1 1 2

5 5

1 1 4 24

Field hockey

● ● ● ● 2 ● 2 ● 2

6

Netball

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1

Rugby sevens

● 1

1

Shooting

6 4 6 5 4 5 5 3 2

40

Squash

● ● ● ● 2

● ● ● ● 3 5

Swimming

5 5 9 5 11 7

42

Synchronised swimming

● 2

2

Table tennis

● ● ● ● 2 ● ● ● ● 2 2 6

Weightlifting

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1

16

Total Events

11 18 20 21 39 26 17 19 19 29 17 245

Cumulative total

11 29 49 70 109 135 152 171 190 219 245

March 15th Wed 16th Thu 17th Fri 18th Sat 19th Sun 20th Mon 21st Tue 22nd Wed 23rd Thu 24tg Fri 25th Sat 26th Sun Events

Closing ceremony[edit] Main article: 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
closing ceremony Both the Melbourne
Melbourne
Cricket Ground and the Yarra River
Yarra River
were again centrepieces for the ceremony. Samresh Jung of India
India
was given the David Dixon Award
David Dixon Award
at the closing ceremony. He was the "Best Athlete of the 18th Commonwealth Games". The games were closed by The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. Medal table[edit] Main article: 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
medal table

Note:The country coloured in blue is the host country i.e. Australia

Leisel Jones
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 69 222

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

Participating teams[edit]

Countries and places competing at the games

There were 71 countries, territories and bodies competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[13] The only difference between the 2006 games and the 2002 games was the absence of Zimbabwe, which withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations.

Participating Commonwealth countries and territories

 Angola (6)  Antigua and Barbuda (18)  Australia (312) (host)  Bahamas (28)  Bangladesh (20)  Barbados (21)  Belize (8)  Bermuda (18)  Botswana (21)  British Virgin Islands (5)  Brunei (6)  Cameroon (29)  Canada (254)  Cayman Islands (17)  Cook Islands (32)  Cyprus (43)  Dominica (6)  England (348)  Falkland Islands (6)  Fiji (52)  The Gambia (15)  Ghana (36)  Gibraltar (16)  Grenada (7)  Guernsey (28)  Guyana (21)  India (198)  Isle of Man (27)  Jamaica (85)  Jersey (35)  Kenya (101)  Kiribati (15)  Lesotho (29)  Malawi (30)  Malaysia (170)  Maldives (13)  Malta (35)  Mauritius (50)  Montserrat (3)  Mozambique (19)  Namibia (35)  Nauru (10)  New Zealand (249)  Nigeria (124)  Niue (33)  Norfolk Island (9)  Northern Ireland (64)  Pakistan (53)  Papua New Guinea (41)  Saint Helena (4)  Saint Kitts and Nevis (2)  Saint Lucia (9)  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (23)  Samoa (51)  Scotland (166)  Seychelles (22)  Sierra Leone (21)  Singapore (63)  Solomon Islands (13)  South Africa (250)  Sri Lanka (75)  Swaziland (15)  Tanzania (22)  Tonga (22)  Trinidad and Tobago (71)  Turks and Caicos Islands (6)  Tuvalu (5)  Uganda (41)  Vanuatu (12)  Wales (143)  Zambia (23)

Controversies[edit] Missing athletes[edit] On 20 March 2006 it was reported that two athletes had gone missing from the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
village: Tanzanian boxer Omari Idd Kimweri and Bangladeshi runner Mohammad Tawhidul Islam.[14][15] 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
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
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
2002 Commonwealth Games
in Manchester, England (21 from Sierra Leone, 5 from Bangladesh
Bangladesh
and one from Pakistan), and over 80 athletes and officials overstayed their visas after the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[16] On request of Sierra Leone
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.

Wikinews has related news: Australia
Australia
grants temporary asylum to 12 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
athletes

At 7.20 am on that day, New South Wales Police
New South Wales Police
located six of the Sierra Leonean athletes in a house at Freshwater near Manly Beach
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.[17] On Tuesday 28 March, six further Sierra Leoneans turned themselves in to immigration authorities in Sydney and were also granted bridging visas.[18] Two of the missing Cameroonian athletes were later found in Perth, Western Australia. References[edit]

^ The four Home Nations
Home Nations
of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
— England, Scotland, Wales
Wales
and Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
— send separate teams to the Commonwealth Games, as do the three Crown Dependencies — Jersey, the Isle of Man and Guernsey
Guernsey
— and 9 of the 14 British Overseas Territories. The Cook Islands
Cook Islands
and Niue, non-sovereign territories in free association with New Zealand
New Zealand
also compete separately. There are thus 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, but 71 competing teams at the Commonwealth Games. ^ 1911-2010 Australia
Australia
at the Commonwealth Games: Delhi 2010 XIX Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
3-14 October. Melbourne: Australian Commonwealth Games Association. 2010. p. 111. ISBN 0958019010.  ^ M2006 > Karak the Mascot
Mascot
> Display Archived 27 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Melbourne
Melbourne
looks set to host 2006 Commonwealth Games". The Independent. 1999-04-11.  ^ edited by John Nauright & Charles Parrish (2012). Sports around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. ABC-CLIO. p. 371. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ Battlelines drawn as Parkville site chosen Archived 4 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. ^ [1] Archived 16 June 2005 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Public Transport Archived 29 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Plan Australia
Australia
Archived 19 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "M2006 > Media Centre > Newsletter > Display".  ^ "mascot".  ^ "Games mascot unveiled".  ^ [2] Archived 22 June 2005 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Whinnett, Ellen (22 March 2006). "Mystery of missing athletes". Herald Sun.  ^ "Nine athletes vanish from Commonwealth Games". Reuters. 22 March 2006. [dead link] ^ "Athletes 'go missing from Games'". BBC
BBC
News Online. 23 March 2006.  ^ ABC Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Visas for second group of athletes". The Age. 28 March 2006. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Official websites

Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
Official Site Melbourne
Melbourne
2006 Official Site Official medal list Official site archived

Other sites

2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
at Curlie (based on DMOZ) Melbourne
Melbourne
marathon 1956–2006 BBC
BBC
coverage of Commonwealth Games 2006 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
– Australian Sports Commission Report on the Opening Ceremony – "Toronto Star", Canada CLEAN: – Website focusing on city preparation Sydneypinz – A Complete collection of pins used by the participating Nations at the Melbourne
Melbourne
2006 Commonwealth Games Culture Victoria – video, images and text about the 2006 Commonwealth Games 2006 Commonwealth Games
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Utusan Malaysia
Malaysia
Special
Special
Coverage Page

Political opposition to the Games

The Graffiti
Graffiti
games 2006 – Backlash over the graffiti clean up in Melbourne
Melbourne
before the games had even begun spawned its own website. [7] The Stolenwealth games – Website setup about the treatment of the Indigenous Australian
Indigenous Australian
stolen generation.

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